The Ass Carrying the Image

: Aesop's Fables

AN ASS once carried through the streets of a city a famous wooden

Image, to be placed in one of its Temples. As he passed along,

the crowd made lowly prostration before the Image. The Ass,

thinking that they bowed their heads in token of respect for

himself, bristled up with pride, gave himself airs, and refused

to move another step. The driver, seeing him thus stop, laid his

whip lustily about his shoulders and said, "O you perverse

dull-head! it is not yet come to this, that men pay worship to an


They are not wise who give to themselves the credit due to