Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
63. A TRUMPETER TAKEN PRISONER (Perry
Upon the Rout of an Army there was a Trumpeter made a Prisoner, and as
the Soldiers were about to cut his Throat, Gentlemen (says he) Why should
you kill a Man that kills No-body? You shall die rather for that, cries
the one of the Company, for being so mean a Rascal, as to set other People
together by the ears without fighting for your self.
THE MORAL. He that provokes and incites Mischief is the Doer of it.
‘Tis the Man that kills me, the Bullet is only a passive Instrument to
serve his End that directs it.
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.