Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
148. A GOAT AND A VINE (Perry 77)
A Goat that was hard Press’d by the Huntsmen, took Sanctuary in a Vineyard,
and there he lay Close, under the covert of a Vine. So soon as he thought
the Danger was Over, he fell presently to Browzing upon the Leaves; and
whether it was the Rusling, or the Motion of the Boughs, that gave the
Huntsmen an Occasion for stricter Search, is Uncertain: But a Search there
was, and in the End he was Discover’d and Shot. He dy’d, in fine, with
this Conviction upon him, that his Punishment was Just, for Offering Violence
to his Protector.
THE MORAL. Ingratitude Perverts all the Measures of Religion and Society,
by making it Dangerous to be Charitable and Good Natur’d.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.