The Hares and the Frogs

Once upon a time the hares, driven desperate by the many enemies that compassed them about on every side, came to the sad resolution that there was nothing left for them but to make away with themselves, one and all. Off they scudded to a nearby lake, determined to drown themselves as the most miserable of creatures.

A shoal of frogs seated upon the bank, frightened at the approach of the hares, leaped in the greatest alarm and confusion into the water. "Nay, then, my friends," said a hare that was foremost, "our case is not so desperate yet, for here are other poor creatures more faint-hearted than ourselves."