Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
274. (Abstemius 21) A League of Beasts and Fishes.
The Beasts enter'd into a League with the Fishes against the Birds. The War was declar'd; but the Fishes, instead of their Quota, send their Excuse, that they were not able to march by Land.
The Vanity of helpless Alliance.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.