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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)


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.