And since they were of beasts the feeblest kind,
Timid of heart and dull in all but flight,
To hide themselves in some dark pool from light.
But as to a broad swamp they drew more near,
Upon its margin hosts of frogs appear,
Which into slimy depths affrighted leap.
As the hares paused, one said, "Your courage keep.
Let us return! To die we need not seek,
For here are others than ourselves more weak."
Source: Davies: Fables of Babrius = Babrius 25
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