Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
82. A PEACOCK TO JUNO (Perry 509)
The Peacock, they say, laid it extremely to Heart, that being Juno’s
darling Bird, he had not the Nightingal’s Voice super-added to the Beauty
of his own Plumes. Upon this Subject he petition’d his Patroness, who
gave him for Answer, that Providence had assign’d every Bird its Proportion,
and so bad him content himself with his Lot.
THE MORAL OF THE THREE FABLES ABOVE. The Boundaries of Heaven are in
such manner distributed, that every living Creature has its share; beside,
that to desire Things against Nature, is effectually to blame the very
Author of Nature itself.
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.