Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
18. A SICK KITE AND HER MOTHER (Perry
Pray Mother (says a sick Kite) give over these idle Lamentations, and
let me rather have your Prayers. Alas! My Child (says the Dam) which of
the Gods shall I go to, for a Wretch that has robb’d all their Altars?
THE MORAL Nothing but the Conscience of a virtuous Life can make Death
easy to us; wherefore there’s no trusting to the Distraction of an agonizing
and a Death-bed Repentance.
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.