Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
266. (Abstemius 12) Trees Straight and Crooked.
There was a delicate Plantation of Trees that were all Well-grown, Fair and Smooth, save only One Dwarf among them that was Knotty, and Crooked, and the Rest had it in derision. The Master of the Wood, it seems, was to build a House, and appointed his Workmen to supply the Timber out of that Grove, and to cut down every Stick on't that they found fit for Service. They did as they were order'd, and this Ill-favour'd Piece was left alone.
Celebrated Beauties are seldom Fortunate.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.