AESOP'S  FABLES               


325 - The Ass and the Old Shepherd



A Shepherd, watching his ass feeding in a meadow, was alarmed all of a sudden by the cries of the enemy. 

He appealed to the Ass to fly with him, lest they should both be captured, but the animal lazily replied:

-Why should I, pray? Do you think it likely the conqueror will place on me two sets of panniers?-

-No- rejoined the shepherd.-

-Then,- said the ass, -as long as I carry the panniers, what matters it to me whom I serve?-

In a change of government, a change without importance does not go at all beyond the change of the name of the chief.





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