Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boothby: The Frogs and the Tortoise

The wise contentedly will bear
Burthens that necessary are.
A Tortoise saw a nimble Frog,
Swimming and leaping in a bog,
And began nature to upbraid,
Who him had so unwieldy made.
But when he saw a water-snake,
His meal upon a dozen make:
"My rough impenetrable hide,
Though ponderous, is secure," he cried.

Source: Boothby - Aesop 1.14

M0635 (not in Perry)

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