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THE FROGS WHO ASKED FOR A KING
HE commonwealth of Frogs, a discontented race, weary of liberty and fond of
change, petitioned Jupiter to grant them a King.
The good-natured deity, in order to grant their request with as
little mischief to them as possible, threw them down a Log. The
splash sent them into the greatest terror and amazement, and at
first they regarded their new monarch with great reverence and
kept at a respectful distance. But by degrees, perceiving his
amiable and peaceable disposition, they gradually ventured to
approach him with more familiarity, till at length they conceived
for him the upmost contempt.
Dissatisfied with this state of things, they renewed their request
to Jupiter and entreated him to bestow upon them another King.
In his wrath the Thunderer sent them a Crane, who no sooner took
possession of his new dominion than he began to devour his subjects,
one after another.
They were now far more dissatisfied than before. Applying to Jupiter
a third time, they
 were dismissed with the reproof that the evil of which they complained
they had imprudently brought upon themselves; and that now they had no
other remedy but to submit to it with patience.