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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 289 (Aphthonius 24)

A story about a frog, urging us not to trust someone's promises before they are fulfilled.
There was a frog who claimed to be trained in the physician's art, acquainted with all the medicinal plants of the earth, the only creature who could cure the animals' ailments. The fox listened to the frog's announcement and exposed his lies by the colour of his skin. 'How can it be,' said the fox, 'that you are able to cure others of their illnesses, but the signs of sickness can still be seen in your own face?'
Boastful claims end up exposing themselves.

Note: The Biblical proverb 'physician, heal thyself!' (Luke 4.23) is found in the epimythium to this fable in Caxton (7.5): 'For the leche whiche wylle hele somme other / ought fyrste to hele hym self.'

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.