Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
81. A FOX AND A HARE TO JUPITER (Perry
A Fox and a Hare presented a Petition to Jupiter. The Fox pray’d for
the Hare’s swiftness of Foot, and the Hare for the Fox’s Craft and Wyliness
of Address. Jupiter told them, since every Creature has some Advantage
or other peculiar to itself, it would not stand with divine Justice, that
had provided so well for every one in Particular, to confer all upon any
THE MORAL OF THE THREE FABLES ABOVE. The Boundaries of Heaven are in
such manner distributed, that every living Creature has its share; beside,
that to desire Things against Nature, is effectually to blame the very
Author of Nature itself.
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.