The Wild Boar and the Fox

by Aesop

A WILD BOAR was whetting his tusks against a tree, when a Fox coming by, asked him why he did so; for, said he, I see no reason for it; there is neither hunter nor hound in sight, nor any other danger that I can see, at hand. True, replied the Boar; but when danger does arise, I shall have something else to do than to sharpen my weapons.

It is too late to whet the sword when the trumpet sounds to draw it.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,