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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Frogs Asking For A King

The Frogs, grieved at having no established Ruler, sent
ambassadors to Jupiter entreating for a King. Perceiving their
simplicity, he cast down a huge log into the lake. The Frogs
were terrified at the splash occasioned by its fall and hid
themselves in the depths of the pool. But as soon as they
realized that the huge log was motionless, they swam again
to the top of the water, dismissed their fears, climbed up, and
began squatting on it in contempt. After some time they began
to think themselves ill-treated in the appointment of so inert a
Ruler, and sent a second deputation to Jupiter to pray that he
would set over them another sovereign. He then gave them an
Eel to govern them. When the Frogs discovered his easy good
nature, they sent yet a third time to Jupiter to beg him to choose
for them still another King. Jupiter, displeased with all their
complaints, sent a Heron, who preyed upon the Frogs day by day
till there were none left to croak upon the lake.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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