Three Hundred Æsop's Fables/The Charger and the Miller

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THE CHARGER AND THE MILLER.

A Charger, feeling the infirmities of age, betook him to a mill instead of going out to battle. But when he was compelled to grind instead of serving in the wars, he bewailed his change of fortune, and called to mind his former state, saying, "Ah! Miller, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, and a man went along to groom me; and now, I cannot tell what ailed me to prefer the mill before the battle." "Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping on what you were of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune."