'The Lion and the Frog', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 55.
The Lion and the Frog
The Lion, hearing an odd kind of a hollow Voice, and seeing no body, started up; he listen’d again, and perceiving the Voice to continue, even trembled and quak’d for Fear. At last, seeing a Frog crawl out of the Lake, and finding that the Noise he had heard, was nothing but the croaking of that little Creature; he went up to it, and partly out of Anger, partly Contempt, spurn’d it to Pieces with his feet.
Moral: Those who talk to much without any substance are liable to be silenced.
Text: Samuel Croxall (82, 1722).
Selected Parallels: Babrius 103. L’Estrange 1/202. Chambry 201. Perry 141. Daly 141. TMI U113.