Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
50. AN APE AND A FOX (Perry 533)
An Ape found many Inconveniencies by going bare-arse, went to a Fox that
had a well spread bushy Tail, and begg’d of him only a little Piece on’t
to cover his Nakedness: For (says he) you have enough for both, and what
needs more than you have Occasion for? Well, John (says the Fox) be it
more, of be it less, you get not one single Hair on’t; for I would have
ye know, Sirrah, that the Tail of a Fox was never made for the Buttocks
of an Ape.
THE MORAL. Providence has assign’d every Creature its station, lot,
make and figure; and ‘tis not for us to stand correcting the Works of
an incomprehensible Wisdom, and an almighty Power.
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.