The Ass And The Old Shepherd
A Shepherd, watching his Ass feeding in a meadow, was alarmed all
of a sudden by the cries of the enemy. He appealed to the Ass to fly
with him, lest they should both be captured, but the animal lazily
replied, "Why should I, pray? Do you think it likely the conqueror
will place on me two sets of panniers?' "No," rejoined the Shepherd.
"Then," said the Ass, "as long as I carry the panniers, what matters
it to me whom I serve?'
In a change of government the poor change nothing beyond the name
of their master.