The Old Hound
A Hound, who in the days of his youth and strength had never yielded
to any beast of the forest, encountered in his old age a boar in the
chase. He seized him boldly by the ear, but could not retain his hold
because of the decay of his teeth, so that the boar escaped. His master,
quickly coming up, was very much disappointed, and fiercely abused
the dog. The Hound looked up and said, "It was not my fault. master:
my spirit was as good as ever, but I could not help my infirmities.
I rather deserve to be praised for what I have been, than to be blamed
for what I am."