Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
314. (Abstemius 64) A Wolf and a Sick Ass.
There was a certain Wolf, that in a Qualm of wonderful Charity, made a Visit to an Ass, that lay ill of a violent Fever. He felt his Pulse very gingerly; and pray, my good Friend, says he, whereabouts is your greatest Pain? Oh, gently, says the Ass, for it pricks me just there still where you lay your Finger.
The Charity of our Death-Bed Visits from one another, is much
at a Rate, (generally speaking) with that of a Carrion-Crow to
a Sheep; we smell a Carcass.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.