The World's Wit and Humor
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 246页
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Fables Attributed to JEsop The Wolf and the Lamb Driven by thirst, a wolf and a lamb had come to the same stream; the wolf stood above, and the lamb at a distance below. Then, the spoiler, prompted by a ravenous maw, invented a pretext for a quarrel. Why, said he, do you make the water muddy for me while I am drinking ? The fleece-bearer, trembling, answered, Prithee, wolf, how can I do what you complain of? The water is flowing downward from you to where I am drinking. The other, disconcerted by the force of truth, exclaimed, Six months ago you slandered me! Indeed, answered the lamb, I was not born then. By Hercules, said the wolf, then it was your father slandered me! And so, snatching him up, he tore him to pieces, killing him unjustly. This fable is applicable to those men who oppress the innocent under false pretenses. The Fox and the Stork A Fox is said to have given a stork the first invitation to a banquet, and to have placed before her some thin broth in a flat dish, of which the hungry stork could in no way get a taste. Having invited the fox in return, she set before him a narrow-mouthed jar full of minced meat. Thrusting her beak into it, she ate heartily. Her guest was tormented withhunger; who, after having in vain licked the neck of the jar, thus addressed the strange bird, Every one is bound to bear patiently the consequences of his own example. Harm should be done to no man; but if any one do an injury, this fable shows that he may be visited with a like return. The Frog and the Ox Once on a time a frog espied an ox in a meadow, and, moved with envy at his vast bulk, puffed out her wrinkled skin, and then asked her young ones whether she was bigger than the ox. They said No. Again, with still greater efforts, ...
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