Three Hundred and Fifty Aesop's Fables

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Belford, Clarke, 1885 - Fables - 288 pages
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Page 272 - Fox ; but suffered nothing to be brought to table but some minced meat in a glass jar, the neck of which was so deep and so narrow, that, though the Stork with his long bill made a shift to fill his belly, all that the Fox, who was very hungry, could do, was to lick the brims, as the Stork slabbered them with his eating. Reynard was heartily vexed at first, but, when he came to take his leave, owned ingenuously, that he had been used as he deserved, and that he had no reason to take any treatment...
Page 257 - Well, made a shift, by sticking his claws into the sides, to keep his head above water. Soon after, a Wolf came and peeped over the brink ; to
Page 266 - THE OLD MAN AND HIS SONS. AN Old Man had many Sons, who were often falling out with one another. When the Father had exerted his authority, and used other means in order to reconcile them, and all to no purpose...
Page 187 - The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox A DOG and a Cock being great friends, agreed to travel together. At nightfall they took shelter in a thick wood. The Cock flying up, perched himself on the branches of a tree, while the Dog found a bed beneath in the hollow trunk. When the morning dawned, the Cock, as usual, crowed very loudly several times. A Fox heard the sound, and wishing to make a breakfast on him, came and stood under the branches, saying how earnestly he desired to make the acquaintance of the...
Page 158 - Swans, had the privilege of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and, in trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing. The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.
Page 52 - ... housekeeper's room, a number of flies were attracted by its sweetness, and placing their feet in it, ate it greedily. Their feet however became so smeared with the honey that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and were suffocated. Just as they were expiring, they exclaimed, " 0 foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we have destroyed ourselves.
Page 260 - The countryman ungirted his pack-saddle, and tried several ways to relieve him, but all to no purpose ; which, when he perceived, he took the whole burden, and laid it upon the Horse, together with the skin of the dead Ass : so that the Horse, by his moroseness in refusing to do a small kindness, justly brought upon himself a great inconvenience.
Page 170 - The Walnut-Tree. A WALNUT-TREE, standing by the roadside, bore an abundant crop of fruit. The passers-by broke its branches with stones and sticks, for the sake of the nuts. The Walnut-tree piteously exclaimed : " O, wretched me ! that those whom I cheer with my fruit should repay me with these painful requitals.
Page 256 - THISTLES. AN Ass was loaded with good provisions of several sorts, which, in time of harvest, he was carrying into the field for his master and the reapers to dine upon. By the way he met with a fine large Thistle, and, being very hungry, began to mumble it ; which, while he was doing, he entered into this reflection — "How many greedy epicures would think themselves happy, amidst such a variety of delicate viands as I now carry ! But to me, this bitter, prickly Thistle is more savory and relishing...
Page 69 - The Horse and Groom. A GROOM used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats, and sold them for his own profit. "Alas!" said the Horse, " if you really wish me to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more." Honesty is the best policy. The Ass and the Lap-dog. A MAN had an Ass, and a Maltese Lap-dog, a very great beauty. The Ass was left in a stable, and had plenty of oats and hay to eat, just as any other Ass would. The...

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