Fables - Translated by George Fyler Townsend

Aesop

The Crab And The Fox


A CRAB, forsaking the seashore, chose a neighboring green meadow as its feeding ground. A Fox came across him, and being very hungry ate him up. Just as he was on the point of being eaten, the Crab said, "I well deserve my fate, for what business had I on the land, when by my nature and habits I am only adapted for the sea?' Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.