Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
190. TRAVELLERS BY THE SEA SIDE (Perry
A company of People that were walking upon the Shore, saw somewhat come
Hulling toward them a great way off at Sea. They took it at first for
a Ship, and as it came nearer, for a boat only; but it prov’d at last
to be no more than a Float of Weeds and Rushes: Whereupon they made this
Reflection within themselves, We have been waiting here for a mighty Bus’ness,
that comes at last to be just Nothing.
THE MORAL. We Fancy Things to be Greater or Less at a Distance, according
to Our Interest or Inclination to have them either the One or the Other.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.