An Ass congratulated a Horse on
being so ungrudgingly and carefully
provided for, while he himself had
scarcely enough to eat, nor even
that without hard work.
But when war broke out, the heavy
armed soldier mounted the Horse, and
rushed into the very midst of the
enemy, and the Horse, being wounded,
fell dead on the battle-field.
Then the Ass, seeing all these
things, changed his mind, and
commiserated the Horse, saying:
"How much more fortunate am I than a
charger. I can remain at home in
safety while he is exposed to all
the perils of war."