Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
175. A FOX AND A CRAB (Perry 116)
A Fox that was sharp-set, Surpriz’d a Crab, as he lay out of the Sea
upon the Sands, and carried him away. The Crab, when he found that he
was to be Eaten, Well (says he) this comes of Meddling where we have Nothing
to do; for my Bus’ness lay at Sea, not upon the Land.
THE MORAL. No Body Pities a Man for any Misfortune that Befals him,
in Matters out of his Way, Bus’ness, or Calling.
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.