A Fable: The Ass and His Master

Donkey and Owner



UPON a Change of Government in any State, the poorer Sort change only the Name of their Master. The Truth of this will appear from the following short Fable.

A TIMOROUS old Man was one Day feeding his Ass in a Meadow, when alarm’d with the sudden Noise of the Enemy’s Approach, he would fain have persuaded the Ass to fly, lest they should both be taken. But he with his usual Slowness: “Pray do you fancy that the Conqueror will impose two Burdens upon me?” The old Man said, he believed not. “Why where then is the Difference to me whom serve; if I still must resolve to bear my Burdens?”

The Fables of Phædrus.




Courtesy of Democratic Thinker