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Aesop’s Fables

Contents

THE BEAR AND THE TWO TRAVELERS ....................18

THE BELLY AND THE MEMBERS ............................31

THE OXEN AND THE AXLE-TREES .........................18

THE VINE AND THE GOAT ....................................31

THE THIRSTY PIGEON ..........................................18

JUPITER AND THE MONKEY ...................................32

THE RAVEN AND THE SWAN ..................................19

THE WIDOW AND HER LITTLE MAIDENS ...............32

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The Bat and the Weasels ....................................6

HE GOAT AND THE GOATHERD ............................19

HE SHEPHERD’S BOY AND THE WOLF ...................32

THE MISER .........................................................19

THE CAT AND THE BIRDS .....................................32

THE ASS AND THE GRASSHOPPER .............................7

THE SICK LION ...................................................20

THE KID AND THE WOLF .....................................33

THE LION AND THE MOUSE ....................................7

THE HORSE AND GROOM ......................................20

THE OX AND THE FROG .......................................33

THE CHARCOAL-BURNER AND THE FULLER ..............7

THE ASS AND THE LAPDOG ...................................21

THE SHEPHERD AND THE WOLF .............................33

THE FATHER AND HIS SONS ....................................8

THE LIONESS .......................................................21

THE FATHER AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS ...............33

THE BOY HUNTING LOCUSTS ..................................8

THE BOASTING TRAVELER ....................................22

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS .................................34

THE COCK AND THE JEWEL ....................................8

THE CAT AND THE COCK ......................................22

THE CRAB AND ITS MOTHER ................................34

THE KINGDOM OF THE LION ...................................9

THE PIGLET, THE SHEEP, AND THE GOAT ................22

THE HEIFER AND THE OX .....................................34

THE WOLF AND THE CRANE ...................................9

THE BOY AND THE FILBERTS ................................22

THE SWALLOW, THE SERPENT, AND THE COURT OF

THE FISHERMAN PIPING .......................................10

THE LION IN LOVE ..............................................23

JUSTICE .......................................................34

HERCULES AND THE WAGONER ..............................10

THE LABORER AND THE SNAKE .............................23

THE THIEF AND HIS MOTHER ..............................35

THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER .........................11

THE WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING .........................23

THE OLD MAN AND DEATH .................................35

THE TRAVELER AND HIS DOG ..............................11

THE ASS AND THE MULE .....................................24

THE FIR-TREE AND THE BRAMBLE .........................35

THE DOG AND THE SHADOW ................................11

THE FROGS ASKING FOR A KING ...........................24

THE MOUSE, THE FROG, AND THE HAWK ..............36

THE MOLE AND HIS MOTHER ..............................11

THE BOYS AND THE FROGS ...................................25

THE MAN BITTEN BY A DOG ...............................36

THE HERDSMAN AND THE LOST BULL ....................12

THE SICK STAG ...................................................25

THE TWO POTS ...................................................36

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE ..............................12

THE SALT MERCHANT AND HIS ASS ......................25

THE WOLF AND THE SHEEP ...................................37

THE POMEGRANATE, APPLE-TREE, AND RAMBLE .....13

THE OXEN AND THE BUTCHERS .............................26

THE AETHIOP ......................................................37

THE FARMER AND THE STORK ...............................13

THE LION, THE MOUSE, AND THE FOX ..................26

THE FISHERMAN AND HIS NETS ............................37

THE FARMER AND THE SNAKE ...............................13

THE VAIN JACKDAW ............................................27

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THE HUNTSMAN AND THE FISHERMAN ...................37

HE FAWN AND HIS MOTHER ..............................14

THE GOATHERD AND THE WILD GOATS .................27

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THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WINE-JAR .................38

HE BEAR AND THE FOX ......................................14

THE MISCHIEVOUS DOG ......................................28

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THE FOX AND THE CROW .....................................38

HE SWALLOW AND THE CROW .............................14

THE FOX WHO HAD LOST HIS TAIL ....................28

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THE TWO DOGS ..................................................38

HE MOUNTAIN IN LABOR ...................................14

THE MAN AND HIS TWO SWEETHEARTS ................29

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THE STAG IN THE OX-STALL .................................39

HE ASS, THE FOX, AND THE LION .......................15

THE ASTRONOMER ...............................................29

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THE HAWK, THE KITE, AND THE PIGEONS ..............39

HE TORTOISE AND THE EAGLE ...........................15

THE WOLVES AND THE SHEEP ...............................29

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THE WIDOW AND THE SHEEP ................................39

HE FLIES AND THE HONEY-POT ..........................16

THE OLD WOMAN AND THE PHYSICIAN .................30

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THE WILD ASS AND THE LION ..............................40

HE MAN AND THE LION .....................................16

THE FIGHTING COCKS AND THE EAGLE ..................30

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THE EAGLE AND THE ARROW ...............................40

HE FARMER AND THE CRANES .............................16

THE CHARGER AND THE MILLER ...........................30

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THE SICK KITE ...................................................40

HE DOG IN THE MANGER ...................................17

THE FOX AND THE MONKEY ................................31

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THE LION AND THE DOLPHIN ................................40

HE FOX AND THE GOAT .....................................17

THE HORSE AND HIS RIDER .................................31

THE LION AND THE BOAR ....................................41

Aesop’s Fables

THE ONE-EYED DOE ...........................................41

THE CAT AND THE MICE ......................................51

THE WASP AND THE SNAKE ..................................60

THE SHEPHERD AND THE SEA ................................41

THE LION, THE BEAR, AND THE FOX .....................51

THE DOG AND THE HARE .....................................60

THE ASS, THE COCK, AND THE LION .....................41

THE DOE AND THE LION ......................................51

THE BULL AND THE CALF ....................................60

THE MICE AND THE WEASELS ..............................42

THE FARMER AND THE FOX ..................................52

THE STAG, THE WOLF, AND THE SHEEP ..................60

THE MICE IN COUNCIL ........................................42

THE SEAGULL AND THE KITE ................................52

THE PEACOCK AND THE CRANE .............................60

THE WOLF AND THE HOUSEDOG ...........................42

THE PHILOSOPHER, THE ANTS, AND MERCURY .......52

THE FOX AND THE HEDGEHOG .............................61

THE RIVERS AND THE SEA ....................................43

THE MOUSE AND THE BULL .................................52

THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE WILD SOW ...........61

THE PLAYFUL ASS ...............................................43

THE LION AND THE HARE ....................................53

THE THIEF AND THE INNKEEPER ............................62

THE THREE TRADESMEN ......................................43

THE PEASANT AND THE EAGLE .............................53

THE MULE .........................................................62

THE MASTER AND HIS DOGS ...............................43

THE IMAGE OF MERCURY AND THE CARPENTER ......53

THE HART AND THE VINE ....................................62

THE WOLF AND THE SHEPHERDS ............................43

THE BULL AND THE GOAT ....................................53

THE SERPENT AND THE EAGLE ..............................63

THE DOLPHINS, THE WHALES, AND THE SPRAT ........44

THE DANCING MONKEYS .....................................54

THE CROW AND THE PITCHER ...............................63

THE ASS CARRYING THE IMAGE ............................44

THE FOX AND THE LEOPARD .................................54

THE TWO FROGS .................................................63

THE TWO TRAVELERS AND THE AXE .....................44

THE MONKEYS AND THEIR MOTHER ....................54

THE WOLF AND THE FOX .....................................63

THE OLD LION ...................................................44

THE OAKS AND JUPITER .......................................54

THE WALNUT-TREE ............................................64

THE OLD HOUND ................................................45

THE HARE AND THE HOUND .................................54

THE GNAT AND THE LION ....................................64

THE BEE AND JUPITER .........................................45

THE TRAVELER AND FORTUNE ..............................55

THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN .........................64

THE MILK-WOMAN AND HER PAIL ......................45

THE BALD KNIGHT .............................................55

THE JACKDAW AND THE DOVES ............................65

THE SEASIDE TRAVELERS ......................................46

THE SHEPHERD AND THE DOG ...............................55

THE HORSE AND THE STAG ...................................65

THE BRAZIER AND HIS DOG .................................46

THE LAMP ..........................................................55

THE KID AND THE WOLF .....................................65

THE ASS AND HIS SHADOW ..................................46

THE LION, THE FOX, AND THE ASS .......................56

THE PROPHET ......................................................65

THE ASS AND HIS MASTERS .................................47

THE BULL, THE LIONESS, AND THE WILD-BOAR

THE FOX AND THE MONKEY ................................66

THE OAK AND THE REEDS ....................................47

HUNTER ......................................................56

THE THIEF AND THE HOUSEDOG ...........................66

THE FISHERMAN AND THE LITTLE FISH ..................47

THE OAK AND THE WOODCUTTERS ........................56

THE MAN, THE HORSE, THE OX, AND THE DOG .....66

The Hunter and the Woodman .........................48

THE HEN AND THE GOLDEN EGGS ........................57

THE APES AND THE TWO TRAVELERS ....................67

THE WILD BOAR AND THE FOX ............................48

THE ASS AND THE FROGS .....................................57

THE WOLF AND THE SHEPHERD .............................67

THE LION IN A FARMYARD ...................................48

THE CROW AND THE RAVEN .................................57

THE HARES AND THE LIONS ..................................67

MERCURY AND THE SCULPTOR ...............................48

THE TREES AND THE AXE ....................................57

THE LARK AND HER YOUNG ONES .......................68

THE SWAN AND THE GOOSE ..................................49

THE CRAB AND THE FOX ......................................58

THE FOX AND THE LION ......................................68

THE SWOLLEN FOX .............................................49

THE WOMAN AND HER HEN ................................58

THE WEASEL AND THE MICE ................................68

THE FOX AND THE WOODCUTTER ..........................49

THE ASS AND THE OLD SHEPHERD ........................58

THE BOY BATHING ..............................................69

THE BIRDCATCHER, THE PARTRIDGE, AND THE COCK

THE KITES AND THE SWANS ..................................58

THE ASS AND THE WOLF ......................................69

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THE WOLVES AND THE SHEEPDOGS ........................59

THE SELLER OF IMAGES ........................................69

THE MONKEY AND THE FISHERMEN ......................50

THE HARES AND THE FOXES .................................59

THE FOX AND THE GRAPES ...................................69

THE FLEA AND THE WRESTLER .............................50

THE BOWMAN AND LION .....................................59

THE MAN AND HIS WIFE ....................................70

THE TWO FROGS .................................................51

THE CAMEL ........................................................59

THE PEACOCK AND JUNO .....................................70

Aesop’s Fables

THE HAWK AND THE NIGHTINGALE .......................70

THE DOVE AND THE CROW ..................................81

THE CROW AND THE SHEEP ..................................92

THE DOG, THE COCK, AND THE FOX .....................71

MERCURY AND THE WORKMEN .............................81

THE FOX AND THE BRAMBLE ................................92

THE WOLF AND THE GOAT ...................................71

THE EAGLE AND THE JACKDAW .............................81

THE WOLF AND THE LION ....................................92

THE LION AND THE BULL .....................................71

THE FOX AND THE CRANE ....................................82

THE DOG AND THE OYSTER ..................................92

THE GOAT AND THE ASS ......................................72

JUPITER, NEPTUNE, MINERVA, AND MOMUS ...........82

THE ANT AND THE DOVE .....................................93

THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE .....72

THE EAGLE AND THE FOX ....................................82

THE PARTRIDGE AND THE FOWLER ........................93

THE WOLF, THE FOX, AND THE APE ......................72

THE MAN AND THE SATYR ...................................83

THE FLEA AND THE MAN ....................................93

THE FLY AND THE DRAUGHT-MULE .....................73

THE ASS AND HIS PURCHASER ..............................83

THE THIEVES AND THE COCK ...............................93

THE FISHERMEN ..................................................73

THE TWO BAGS ..................................................83

THE DOG AND THE COOK ....................................94

THE LION AND THE THREE BULLS .........................73

THE STAG AT THE POOL .......................................84

THE TRAVELERS AND THE PLANE-TREE .................94

THE FOWLER AND THE VIPER ................................73

THE JACKDAW AND THE FOX ................................84

THE HARES AND THE FROGS .................................94

THE HORSE AND THE ASS .....................................74

THE LARK BURYING HER FATHER .........................84

THE LION, JUPITER, AND THE ELEPHANT ................95

THE FOX AND THE MASK ....................................74

THE GNAT AND THE BULL ....................................84

THE LAMB AND THE WOLF ...................................95

THE GEESE AND THE CRANES ...............................74

THE BITCH AND HER WHELPS ..............................85

THE RICH MAN AND THE TANNER ........................95

THE BLIND MAN AND THE WHELP .......................74

THE DOGS AND THE HIDES ...................................85

THE SHIPWRECKED MAN AND THE SEA ..................96

THE DOGS AND THE FOX .....................................74

THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP .............................85

THE MULES AND THE ROBBERS .............................96

THE COBBLER TURNED DOCTOR ...........................75

THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE OWL .........................85

THE VIPER AND THE FILE .....................................96

THE WOLF AND THE HORSE ..................................75

THE MONKEY AND THE CAMEL ............................86

THE LION AND THE SHEPHERD ..............................96

THE BROTHER AND THE SISTER .............................75

THE PEASANT AND THE APPLE-TREE .....................86

THE CAMEL AND JUPITER .....................................97

THE WASPS, THE PARTRIDGES, AND THE FARMER ....76

THE TWO SOLDIERS AND THE ROBBER ...................86

THE PANTHER AND THE SHEPHERDS .......................97

THE CROW AND MERCURY ...................................76

THE TREES UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE GODS .87

THE ASS AND THE CHARGER .................................97

THE NORTH WIND AND THE SUN ..........................76

THE MOTHER AND THE WOLF ..............................87

THE EAGLE AND HIS CAPTOR ...............................97

THE GAMECOCKS AND THE PARTRIDGE ..................77

THE ASS AND THE HORSE .....................................87

THE BALD MAN AND THE FLY .............................98

THE QUACK FROG ...............................................77

TRUTH AND THE TRAVELER ...................................87

THE OLIVE-TREE AND THE FIG-TREE ...................98

THE LION, THE WOLF, AND THE FOX .....................77

THE MANSLAYER ................................................88

THE EAGLE AND THE KITE ...................................98

THE DOG’S HOUSE ..............................................78

THE LION AND THE FOX ......................................88

THE ASS AND HIS DRIVER ...................................99

THE WOLF AND THE LION ....................................78

THE LION AND THE EAGLE ...................................88

THE THRUSH AND THE FOWLER ............................99

THE BIRDS, THE BEASTS, AND THE BAT .................78

THE HEN AND THE SWALLOW ...............................88

THE ROSE AND THE AMARANTH ............................99

THE SPENDTHRIFT AND THE SWALLOW ...................78

THE BUFFOON AND THE COUNTRYMAN ..................89

THE FROGS’ COMPLAINT AGAINST THE SUN ...........99

THE FOX AND THE LION ......................................79

THE CROW AND THE SERPENT ...............................89

LIFE OF AESOP ...........................................100

THE OWL AND THE BIRDS ....................................79

THE HUNTER AND THE HORSEMAN ........................89

PREFACE* ....................................................102

THE TRUMPETER TAKEN PRISONER ........................79

THE KING’S SON AND THE PAINTED LION .............90

ENDNOTES ..................................................110

THE ASS IN THE LION’S SKIN ...............................79

THE CAT AND VENUS ...........................................90

THE SPARROW AND THE HARE ...............................80

THE SHE-GOATS AND THEIR BEARDS ....................91

THE FLEA AND THE OX .......................................80

THE CAMEL AND THE ARAB .................................91

THE GOODS AND THE ILLS ....................................80

THE MILLER, HIS SON, AND THEIR ASS ................91

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Translated by

George Fyler Townsend

THE BAT AND THE WEASELS

THE WOLF AND THE LAMB

A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat as-not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to sured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” ground and was caughtby another Weasel, whom he like-

“Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, wise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had

“I was not then born.”

a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time es-

“No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted caped.

grass.”

Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.

“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying,

“Well! I won’t remain supper-less, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”

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THE ASS AND THE GRASSHOPPER

THE CHARCOAL-BURNER AND THE FULLER

AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was A CHARCOAL-BURNER carried on his trade in his own house.

highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms One day he met a friend, a Fuller, and entreated him to of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to come and live with him, saying that they should be far give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” better neighbors and that their housekeeping expenses The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in would be lessened. The Fuller replied, “The arrangement is a short time died of hunger.

impossible as far as I am concerned, for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again with your THE LION AND THE MOUSE

charcoal.”

A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over Like will draw like.

his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: “If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.”

The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaiming, “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.”

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HE FATHER AND HIS SONS

HE BOY HUNTING LOCUSTS

A FATHER had a family of sons who were perpetually quar-A BOY was hunting for locusts. He had caught a goodly reling among themselves. When he failed to heal their dis-number, when he saw a Scorpion, and mistaking him for a putes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a locust, reached out his hand to take him. The Scorpion, practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this showing his sting, said: If you had but touched me, my purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of friend, you would have lost me, and all your locusts too!” sticks. When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them THE COCK AND THE JEWEL

to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into a precious stone and exclaimed: “If your owner had found his sons’ hands, upon which they broke them easily. He thee, and not I, he would have taken thee up, and have set then addressed them in these words: “My sons, if you are thee in thy first estate; but I have found thee for no pur-of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as pose. I would rather have one barleycorn than all the jew-this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; els in the world.”

but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.”

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THE KINGDOM OF THE LION

THE WOLF AND THE CRANE

THE BEASTS of the field and forest had a Lion as their king.

A WOLF who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw gentle as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal out the bone. When the Crane had extracted the bone and proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in grinding his teeth, exclaimed: “Why, you have surely al-which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the ready had a sufficient recompense, in having been permit-Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live toted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and gether in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, “Oh, how jaws of a wolf.”

I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong.” And In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

you escape injury for your pains.

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THE FISHERMAN PIPING

HERCULES AND THE WAGONER

A FISHERMAN skilled in music took his flute and his nets A CARTER was driving a wagon along a country lane, when to the seashore. Standing on a projecting rock, he played the wheels sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, several tunes in the hope that the fish, attracted by his stupefied and aghast, stood looking at the wagon, and did melody, would of their own accord dance into his net, which nothing but utter loud cries to Hercules to come and help he had placed below. At last, having long waited in vain, him. Hercules, it is said, appeared and thus addressed him: he laid aside his flute, and casting his net into the sea,

“Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man. Goad on your made an excellent haul of fish. When he saw them leaping bullocks, and never more pray to me for help, until you about in the net upon the rock he said: “O you most per-have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it verse creatures, when I piped you would not dance, but you will henceforth pray in vain.”

now that I have ceased you do so merrily.”

Self-help is the best help.

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THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER

THE DOG AND THE SHADOW

THE ANTS were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.

for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up own in size. He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely food during the summer?”

attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him.

He replied, “I had not leisure enough. I passed the days He thus lost both: that which he grasped at in the water, in singing.”

because it was a shadow; and his own, because the stream They then said in derision: “If you were foolish enough swept it away.

to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.”

THE MOLE AND HIS MOTHER

A MOLE, a creature blind from birth, once said to his Mother: THE TRAVELER AND HIS DOG

“I am sure than I can see, Mother!”

In the desire to prove to him his mistake, his Mother A TRAVELER about to set out on a journey saw his Dog placed before him a few grains of frankincense, and asked, stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply:

“What is it?”

“Why do you stand there gaping? Everything is ready but The young Mole said, “It is a pebble.”

you, so come with me instantly.”

His Mother exclaimed: “My son, I am afraid that you are The Dog, wagging his tail, replied: “O, master! I am quite not only blind, but that you have lost your sense of smell.

ready; it is you for whom I am waiting.”

The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.

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THE HERDSMAN AND THE LOST BULL

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE

A HERDSMAN tending his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf A HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of from the fold. After a long and fruitless search, he made a the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: “Though you be swift vow that, if he could only discover the thief who had sto-as the wind, I will beat you in a race.”

len the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, The Hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest. Not long after-assented to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox wards, as he ascended a small hillock, he saw at its foot a should choose the course and fix the goal.

Lion feeding on the Calf. Terrified at the sight, he lifted his On the day appointed for the race the two started to-eyes and his hands to heaven, and said: “Just now I vowed gether. The Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went to offer a lamb to the Guardian Deities of the forest if I on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the could only find out who had robbed me; but now that I course. The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep.

have discovered the thief, I would willingly add a full-grown At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw Bull to the Calf I have lost, if I may only secure my own the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably escape from him in safety.”

dozing after her fatigue.

Slow but steady wins the race.

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THE POMEGRANATE, APPLE-TREE, AND BRAMBLE