Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
71. A FOX AND A LION (Perry 10)
A Fox had the hap to fall into the Walk of a Lion, (the first of the
kind that he ever saw) and he was ready to drop down at the very Sight
of him. He came a-while after to see another, and was frighted still,
but nothing to what he was before. It was his Chance, after this, to meet
a third Lion, and he had the Courage, then, to accost him, and to make
a kind of an Acquaintance with him.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. Novelty surprizes us, and we have
naturally a Horror for uncouth mishapen Monsters; but ‘tis our Ignorance
that staggers us, for upon Custom and Experience all these Bugs grow familiar
and easy to us.
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.