Thursday, December 9, 2010

L'Estrange: A Raven and Wolves.

A Raven that had waited upon a Herd of Wolves a whole Day's Ramble, came to 'em at Night for a share of the Prey they had got. The Wolves answer'd him, that if he had gone along with 'em for Pure Love, and not for his Gut, he should have had his Part: But (said they) a Dead Wolf, if it had so fall'n out, would have serv'd a Raven's turn as well as a Dead Sheep.

Most People Worship for the Loaves, from the very Plough-tail to the Crosier and Scepter; and the World bows to him that's uppermost.

Source: L'Estrange 381.

Here's an illustration for the fable (image source) showing a wolf and a crow.
M0094 (not in Perry)

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