Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
84. THE MAN, THE MARE AND THE FOAL
Perry 401 (Syntipas
A man was riding a pregnant mare and she gave birth to her foal while
they were still on the road. The new-born foal followed directly behind
his mother but soon became unsteady on his feet. The foal then said to
the man, 'Look, you can see that I am very small and not strong enough
to travel. If you leave me here, I am sure to die. But if you carry me
away from here back to your home and bring me up, then later on, when
I am grown, I shall let you ride me.'
The fable shows that we should do favours for someone who can do us
a good deed in return.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.