The Hares, oppressed by their own exceeding timidity and weary
of the perpetual alarm to which they were exposed, with one
accord determined to put an end to themselves and their troubles
by jumping from a lofty precipice into a deep lake below.
As they scampered off in large numbers to carry out their resolve,
the Frogs lying on the banks of the lake heard the noise of their
feet and rushed helter-skelter to the deep water for safety.
On seeing the rapid disappearance of the Frogs, one of the Hares
cried out to his companions: "Stay, my friends, do not do as you
intended; for you now see that there are creatures who are still
more timid than ourselves."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)