Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
206. THE BOASTFUL MULE
Perry 315 (Babrius
A mule once happened to be eating the food of idleness in his manger.
Feeling his oats, so to speak, he burst into a run, whinnying and shaking
his head to and fro. 'My mother is a horse,' he shouted, 'and I am no
worse at racing than she is!' But suddenly he drew to a halt and hung
his head in shame, remembering that his father was only a donkey.
Note: In Plutarch, Banquet of the Seven Sages 4, Aesop tells this same
story about a 'Lydian mule' who began boasting when he saw his reflection
in the water.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.