Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
32. A FOX AND A CARV’D HEAD (Perry 27)
As a Fox was rumidging among a great many carv’d Figures, there was one
very extraordinary Piece among the rest. He took it up, and when he had
consider’d it a-while, Well, (says he) what Pity ‘tis that so exquisite
an Out-side of a Head should not have one Grain of Sense in’t.
THE MORAL. ‘Tis not the Barber or the Taylor that makes the Man: and
‘tis no new thing to see a fine wrought Head without so much as one Grain
of Salt in’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.