Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
90. AN ASTROLOGER AND A TRAVELER (Perry
A certain Star-gazer had the Fortune, in the very height of his celestial
Observations, to stumble into a Ditch; a sober fellow passing by, gave
him a piece of wholesome Counsel. Friend, says he, make a right Use of
your present Misfortunes; and pray, for the future, let the Stars go on
quietly in their Courses, and do you look a little better to the Ditches.
THE MORAL OF THE THREE FABLES ABOVE. There needs be more than Impudence
and Ignorance, on the one side, and a superstitious Credulity on the other,
to the setting up of a Fortune-teller.
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.