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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

13. AN ASS AND A WHELP (Perry 91)

A Gentleman had got a Favorite-Spaniel, that would be still toying and leaping upon him, licking his Cheeks, and playing a thousand pretty Gamboles, which the Master was well enough pleas’d withal. The wanton Humour succeeded so well with the Puppy, that an Ass in the House would needs go the same gamesome way to work, to curry favour for himself too; but he was quickly given to understand, with a good Cudgel, the difference betwixt the one Play-Fellow and the other.
THE MORAL People that Live by Example, should do well to look very narrowly into the Force and Authority of the President, without saying or doing things at a venture: For that may become one Man, which would be absolutely intolerable in another, under different Circumstances.

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.