Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
176. A MUSICIAN (Perry 121)
A Man that had a very Coarse Voice, but an Excellent Musick-Room, would
be still Practising in that Chamber, for the Advantage of the Eccho. He
took such a Conceit upon't, that he must needs be shewing his Parts upon
a Publick Theatre, where he Perform'd so very Ill, that the Auditory Hiss'd
him off the Stage, and threw Stones at him.
THE MORAL. A Man may Like himself very Well in his Own Glass, and yet
the World not Fall in Love with him in Publick. But the Truth on't is,
we are Partial in our own Case, and there's no Reading of our Selves but
with Other Mens Eyes.
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.