The Ass and The Frogs

An Ass with a load of wood fell in a pond. Frogs asked why he was making such a big deal out of the fall when they live in the pond all the time.

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

An ass, carrying a load of wood, passed through a pond. As he was crossing through the water he lost his footing, stumbled and fell, and not being able to rise on account of his load, groaned heavily. Some Frogs frequenting the pool heard his lamentation, and said, “What would you do if you had to live here always as we do, when you make such a fuss about a mere fall into the water?”

Moral

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version

An ass sunk down into a bog among a shoale of frogs, with a burden of wood upon his back, and there he lay, sighing and groaning, as his heart would break: Hark ye friend (says one of the frogs to him) if you make such a bus’ness of lying in a quagmire, when you are but just fall’n into’t, what would you do, I wonder, if you had been here as long as we have been?

Moral

Custom makes things familiar and easy to us; but every thing is best yet in it’s own element.

1001Cancri et Asinus

Asinus, cadens in lutum, coepit eiulans clamare pro eo quod non poterat egredi. Cui cancri dixerunt, “Quare plangis? Cum nos, qui longe ante cecidimus in lutum, minime plangamus.”

Perry #189