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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 351 (Aphthonius 17)

A story about a deer, urging that advice should be given by a person who is also capable of action.
The deer was being lectured by his mother, 'Why do you act this way, my child? You have been naturally endowed with horns, and you are powerfully built, so I cannot understand why you run away at the approach of the dogs.' That is what the mother said. Then, when she heard the sound of the hunting dogs in the distance, she again urged her child to stand firm while she herself took off at a run.
It is easy to advise action which cannot be carried out.

Note: Like the hare, the deer was a proverbial coward in Greek (e.g., in Homer, Iliad 1.225, Achilles denounces Agamemnon for having 'the heart of a deer').

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.