Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
70. The Belly and the Members (Perry
THE MEMBERS of the Body rebelled against the Belly, and said, 'Why should
we be perpetually engaged in administering to your wants, while you do
nothing but take your rest, and enjoy yourself in luxury and self-indulgence?'
The Members carried out their resolve and refused their assistance to
the Belly. The whole Body quickly became debilitated, and the hands, feet,
mouth, and eyes, when too late, repented of their folly.
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