Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
174. A WOLF AND A KID (Perry 97)
A Wolf spy’d out a Stragling Kid, and pursu’d him. The Kid found that
the Wolf was too Nimble for him, and so turn’d and told him: I perceive
I am to be Eaten, and I would die as pleasantly as I could: Wherefore,
pray give me but one Touch of your Pipe before I go to Pot. The Wolf Play’d,
and the Kid Danc’d, and the Noise of the Pipe brought the Dogs in upon
him. Well (says the Wolf) this ‘tis when People will be Meddling out of
their Profession. My Bus’ness was to play the Butcher, not the Piper.
THE MORAL. When a Crafty Knave is Infatuated, any Silly Wretch may
put Tricks upon him.
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.