Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
76. A DOG IN A MANGER (Perry)
A churlish envious Cur was gotten into a manger, and there lay growling
and snarling to keep the Provender. The Dog eat none himself, and yet
rather ventur’d the starving his own Carcase than he would suffer any
Thing to be the better for’t.
THE MORAL. Envy pretends to no other Happiness than what it derives
from the Misery of other People, and will rather eat nothing itself than
not to starve those that would.
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.