Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
84. COCKS AND A PARTRIDGE (Perry 23)
A Cock-Master bought a Partridge, and turn’d it among his Fighting-Cocks,
for them to feed together. The Cocks beat the Partridge away from their
Meat, which she laid the more to Heart, because it look’d like an Aversion
to her purely as a Stranger. But the Partridge finding these very Cocks
afterwards cutting one another to pieces, she comforted her self with
this thought, that she had no reason to expect they should be kinder to
her, than they were to one another.
THE MORAL. ‘Tis no wonder to find those People troublesom to Strangers,
that cannot agree among themselves. They quarrel for the Love of quarrelling;
and the Peace be broken, no matter upon what Ground, or with whom.
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.