Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
4. THE ONAGER, THE DONKEY AND THE DRIVER
Perry 183 (Chambry
An onager saw a donkey standing in the sunshine. The onager approached
the donkey and congratulated him on his good physical condition and excellent
diet. Later on, the onager saw that same donkey bearing a load on his
back and being harried by a driver who was beating the donkey from behind
with a club. The onager then declared, 'Well, I am certainly not going
to admire your good fortune any longer, seeing as you pay such a high
price for your prosperity!'
Note: The onager, or wild ass, once roamed the plains of central Asia.
The word onager is from the Greek onos, 'donkey', and agros, 'field'.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.