Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
120. The Old Hound (Perry 532)
A HOUND, who in the days of his youth and strength had never yielded
to any beast of the forest, encountered in his old age a boar in the chase.
He seized him boldly by the ear, but could not retain his hold because
of the decay of his teeth, so that the boar escaped. His master, quickly
coming up, was very much disappointed, and fiercely abused the dog. The
Hound looked up and said, 'It was not my fault. master: my spirit was
as good as ever, but I could not help my infirmities. I rather deserve
to be praised for what I have been, than to be blamed for what I am.'
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