Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
130. The Wild Boar and the Fox (Perry
A WILD BOAR stood under a tree and rubbed his tusks against the trunk.
A Fox passing by asked him why he thus sharpened his teeth when there
was no danger threatening from either huntsman or hound. He replied, 'I
do it advisedly; for it would never do to have to sharpen my weapons just
at the time I ought to be using them.'
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