Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
31. A WOLF, KID, AND GOAT (Perry 572)
A Goat that was going out on one Morning for a Mouthful of fresh Grass,
charg’d her Kid upon her Blessing, not to open the Door, till she came
back, to any Creature that had not a Beard. The Goat was no sooner out
of sight, but up comes a Wolf to the Door, that had over-heard the Charge,
and in a small Pipe calls to the Kid to let her Mother come in. The Kid
smelt out the Roguery, and bad the Wolf show his Beard, and the Door should
be open to him.
THE MORAL. There never was an Hypocrite so disguis’d but he had some
Mark or other yet to be known by.
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.