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


A vain Fellow that had been abroad in the World, would still be tiring all Peoples Ears at his Return with Stories of his wonderful Actions and Adventures in his Travels; and particularly, he told of a Leap he took at Rhodes, that no Body there could come within six Foot on't. Now this (says he) I am able to prove by several Witnesses upon the Place. If this be true (says one of the Company) there's no need of going to Rhodes for Witness: Do but you fansy this to be Rhodes, and then shew us the Leap.
THE MORAL. Travellers have a kind of Privilege to romance it, and to tell Stories at large. And for those that doubt the Truth of the Matter, they had e'en better pass it over than go to disprove it.

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.