Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
4. A FROG AND A MOUSE (Perry 384)
There fell out a bloody Quarrel once betwixt the Frogs and the Mice,
about the sovereignty of the Fens; and whilst two of their Companions
were disputing it at Sword’s Point, down comes a Kite powdering upon them
in the Interim, and gobbets up both together, to part the Fray.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. ‘Tis the Fate of all Gotham Quarrels,
when Fools go together by the Ears, to have Knaves run away with the Stakes.
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.