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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

25. AN ASS, AN APE, AND A MOLE (Perry)

An Ass and an Ape were conferring Grievances. The Ass complain’d mightily for want of a Horns, and the Ape was as much troubled for want of a Tail. Hold your Tongues both of ye, says the Mole, and be thankful for what you have, for the poor Moles are stark blind, and in a worse Condition than either of ye.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE There’s no Contending with the Orders and Decrees of Providence. He that made us knows what’s fittest for us; and every Man’s own Lot (well understood and managed) is undoubtedly the best.


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