Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
206. The Ass and the Wolf (Perry 187)
AN ASS feeding in a meadow saw a Wolf approaching to seize him, and immediately
pretended to be lame. The Wolf, coming up, inquired the cause of his lameness.
The Ass replied that passing through a hedge he had trod with his foot
upon a sharp thorn. He requested that the Wolf pull it out, lest when
he ate him it should injure his throat. The Wolf consented and lifted
up the foot, and was giving his whole mind to the discovery of the thorn,
when the Ass, with his heels, kicked his teeth into his mouth and galloped
away. The Wolf, being thus fearfully mauled, said, 'I am rightly served,
for why did I attempt the art of healing, when my father only taught me
the trade of a butcher?'
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