Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
194. A GALL'D ASS AND RAVEN (Perry
As an Ass with a gall'd Back was Feeding in a meadow, a Raven Pitch'd
upon him, and there Sate, Jobbing of the Sore. The Ass fell a Frisking
and Braying upon't; which set a Groom, that saw it at a Distance, a Laughing
at it. Well! (says a Wolf that was passing by) to see the Injustice of
the World now! A poor Wolf in that Raven's Place, would have been Persecuted,
and Hunted to Death presently; and 'tis made only a Laughing Matter, for
a Raven to do the same Thing that would have Cost a Wolf his Life.
THE MORAL. One Man may better Steal a Horse, than Another Look over
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.