Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
176. The Dog and the Hare (Perry 136)
A HOUND having started a Hare on the hillside pursued her for some distance,
at one time biting her with his teeth as if he would take her life, and
at another fawning upon her, as if in play with another dog. The Hare
said to him, 'I wish you would act sincerely by me, and show yourself
in your true colors. If you are a friend, why do you bite me so hard?
If an enemy, why do you fawn on me?'
No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust or distrust
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