Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
187. HARES, FOXES, AND EAGLES (Perry
There goes an Old Story of a bloody War betwixt the Hares, and the Eagles;
and the Hares would fain have drawn the Foxes into their Alliance; but
very Frankly and Civilly they gave them this Answer, That they would serve
them with all their Hearts, if they did not perfectly understand both
the Hares themselves, and the Enemy they were to Cope withal.
THE MORAL. There’s no Entering into any League, without well Examining
the Faith and Strength of the Parties to’t.
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.