such a disparagement of her powers, the old Frog made one more trial, and burst herself indeed. So men are ruined by attempting a greatness to which they have no claim.
The Frog and the Ox
Ox, grazing in a swampy meadow, chanced to set his foot among a parcel of
young Frogs, and crushed nearly the whole brood to death. One that escaped
ran off to his mother with the dreadful news; "And, 0 mother!"
said he, "it was a beast-such a big four-footed beast!-that did it."
"Big?" quoth the old Frog, "how big? was it as big"-and
she puffed herself out to a great degree- "as big as that?" "Oh!"
said the little one, "a great deal bigger than that." "Well,
was it so big?" and she swelled herself out yet more. "Indeed,
mother, but it was; and if you were to burst yourself, you would
never reach half its size."