Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
183. The Mule (Perry
A MULE, frolicsome from lack of work and from too much corn, galloped
about in a very extravagant manner, and said to himself: 'My father surely
was a high-mettled racer, and I am his own child in speed and spirit.'
On the next day, being driven a long journey, and feeling very wearied,
he exclaimed in a disconsolate tone: 'I must have made a mistake; my
father, after all, could have been only an ass.'
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