Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
86. The Fir-Tree and the Bramble (Perry
A FIR-TREE said boastingly to the Bramble, 'You are useful for nothing
at all; while I am everywhere used for roofs and houses.' The Bramble
answered: 'You poor creature, if you would only call to mind the axes
and saws which are about to hew you down, you would have reason to wish
that you had grown up a Bramble, not a Fir-Tree.'
Better poverty without care, than riches with.
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