The Frogs were living as happy as they could in
a marshy pool that just suited them; they went
splashing about caring for nobody and nobody
troubling with them.
But some of them thought that this wasn't
right, that they should have a king and a proper
constitution, so they determined to send up a
appeal to Jupiter to give them what they wanted.
"Mighty God," they cried, "send us a king that
will rule over us and keep us in order." Jupiter
laughed at their croaking, and threw down into
the pool a huge Log, which came down splashing
into the water.
The Frogs were frightened, and all rushed to
the bank to look at the horrible monster; but
after a time, seeing that it did not move, one
or two of the boldest of them came towards the
Log, and even dared to touch it; still it did
Then the greatest hero of the Frogs jumped
upon the Log and commenced dancing up and down
upon it, thereupon all the Frogs came and did
the same; and for some time the Frogs went about
their business every day without taking the
slightest notice of their new King Log lying in
But this did not suit them, so they sent
another appeal to Jupiter, and said to him, "We
want a real king; one that will really rule over
Now this made Jupiter angry, so he sent among
them a big Stork that soon set to work gobbling
them all up. Then the Frogs repented when too
Moral: Better no rule than cruel rule.