Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
281. The She-Goats and Their Beards (Perry
THE SHE-GOATS having obtained a beard by request to Jupiter, the He-Goats
were sorely displeased and made complaint that the females equaled them
in dignity. 'Allow them,' said Jupiter, 'to enjoy an empty honor and to
assume the badge of your nobler sex, so long as they are not your equals
in strength or courage.'
It matters little if those who are inferior to us in merit should be
like us in outside appearances.
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