Two Frogs

One Frog lived in a pond while another Frog lived by the road. The Pond Frog asked the other to come but the Road Frog said no. Road Frog crushed. Too bad.

A willful man will have his way to his own hurt.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

Two frogs were neighbors. One inhabited a deep pond, far removed from public view; the other lived in a gully containing little water, and traversed by a country road. The Frog that lived in the pond warned his friend to change his residence and entreated him to come and live with him, saying that he would enjoy greater safety from danger and more abundant food. The other refused, saying that he felt it so very hard to leave a place to which he had become accustomed. A few days afterwards a heavy wagon passed through the gully and crushed him to death under its wheels.

Moral

A willful man will have his way to his own hurt.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version

There were two neighbour-frogs; one of them liv’d in a pond, and the other in the high-way hard-by. The pond-frog finding the water begin to fail upon the road, would fain have gotten t’other frog over to her in the pool, where she might have been safe; but she was wonted to the place, she said, and would not remove. And what was the end on’t now, but the wheel of a cart drove over her a while after, and crush’d her to pieces?

Moral

Some people are so listless and slothful, that they’ll rather lie still and die in a ditch, then stir one finger to help themselves out on’t.

1001Ranae Duae Vicinae

Ranae duae vicina loca incolebant, altera paludem profundam, altera lacunulam iuxta viam in qua modicum aquae substiterat. Tum illa paludis inhabitatrix hortabatur alteram ad se ut commigraret, ubi multo tutiorem vitam degere liceret. Haec vero negabat se posse avelli a consueto domicilio atque loco. Paulo post, eam nihil metuentem plaustri rotae contriverunt.

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