Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
173. A HOUND AND A MASTIFF (Perry 92)
There was a Man had Two Dogs; One for the Chase, T’other to look to the
House; and whatever the Hound Took Abroad, the House-Dog had his Part
on’t at Home. T’other Grumbled at it, that when he took all the Pains
the Mastiff should reap the Fruit of his Labours. Well, says the House-Dog,
That’s none of my Fault, but my Master's, that has not Train'd me up to
Work for my self, but to Eat what others have Provided for me.
THE MORAL. Fathers and Masters have a great deal to Answer for, if
their Children and Servants do not do as they should do.
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.