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Fable Aesop
The Horse And His Rider
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A Horse Soldier took the utmost pains with his charger. As long
as the war lasted, he looked upon him as his fellow-helper in
all emergencies and fed him carefully with hay and corn. But
when the war was over, he only allowed him chaff to eat and
made him carry heavy loads of wood, subjecting him to much
slavish drudgery and ill-treatment. War was again proclaimed,
however, and when the trumpet summoned him to his standard,
the Soldier put on his charger its military trappings, and mounted,
being clad in his heavy coat of mail. The Horse fell down
straightway under the weight, no longer equal to the burden,
and said to his master, "You must now go to the war on foot,
for you have transformed me from a Horse into an Ass; and
how can you expect that I can again turn in a moment from
an Ass to a Horse?"

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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