The Old Hound

A hound, who had been excellent in his time and had done good service to his master in the field, at length became worn out with the weight of years and trouble. One day, when hunting a wild boar, he seized the creature by the ear, but his teeth gave way. He was forced to let go his hold and the boar escaped. Upon this the huntsman, coming up, severely rated him. The feeble dog replied, "Spare your old servant! It was the power, not the will that failed me. Remember what I was, rather than abuse me for what I am."