Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
121. A LYONESS AND A FOX (Perry 257)
A numerous Issue passes in the World for a Blessing; and this Consideration
made a Fox cast it in the Teeth of a Lyoness, that she brought forth but
one Whelp at a time. Very right, says the other, but then that one is
THE MORAL. ‘Tis a common thing to value Things more by the number,
than by the Excellency of them.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.