Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
22. The Fawn and His Mother (Perry
A YOUNG FAWN once said to his Mother, 'You are larger than a dog, and
swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a defense;
why, then, O Mother! do the hounds frighten you so?' She smiled, and said:
'I know full well, my son, that all you say is true. I have the advantages
you mention, but when I hear even the bark of a single dog I feel ready
to faint, and fly away as fast as I can.'
No arguments will give courage to the coward.
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