Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
105. The One-Eyed Doe (Perry 75)
A DOE blind in one eye was accustomed to graze as near to the edge of
the cliff as she possibly could, in the hope of securing her greater safety.
She turned her sound eye towards the land that she might get the earliest
tidings of the approach of hunter or hound, and her injured eye towards
the sea, from whence she entertained no anticipation of danger. Some boatmen
sailing by saw her, and taking a successful aim, mortally wounded her.
Yielding up her last breath, she gasped forth this lament: 'O wretched
creature that I am! to take such precaution against the land, and after
all to find this seashore, to which I had come for safety, so much more
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google