Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
165. A BOY AND COCKLES (Perry 54)
Some People were Roasting of Cockles, and they Hiss’d in the Fire. Well
(says a blockheaded Boy) These are Villainous Creatures sure, to Sing
when their Houses are a-fire over their Heads.
THE MORAL. Nothing can be Well that’s out of Season.
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.