Frogs Asking for a King
frogs, grieved at having no established ruler, sent ambassadors to Jupiter
entreating for a king. Perceiving their simplicity, he cast down a huge
log into the lake.
frogs were terrified at the splash occasioned by its fall and hid themselves in
the depths of the pool. But as soon as they realized that the huge log was
motionless, they swam again to the top of the water, dismissed their fears,
climbed up, and began squatting on it in contempt.
some time they began to think themselves ill-treated in the appointment of so
inert a ruler, and sent a second deputation to Jupiter to pray that he would set
over them another sovereign. He then gave them an eel to govern them.
the frogs discovered his easy good nature, they sent yet a third time to Jupiter
to beg him to choose for them still another King. Jupiter, displeased with
all their complaints, sent a heron, who preyed upon the frogs day by day till
there were none left to croak upon the lake.