THE SWALLOW AND THE BLACKBIRDS
It happened that a farmer was sowing some hemp seeds in a
field where a Swallow and some blackbirds were hopping about picking food.
"Beware of that man," quoth the Swallow.
"Why, what is he
doing?" said, the blackbirds.
"That is hemp seed he is sowing; be
careful to pick up everyone of the seeds, or else you will repent it."
The blackbirds paid no heed to the Swallow's
words, and by and by the hemp grew up and
was made into cord, and of the cords nets were made, and many a blackbird that
had despised the Swallow's advice
was caught in nets made out of that very hemp.
"DESTROY THE SEED OF
OR IT WILL GROW UP TO
THE LION AND THE STATUE
A Roman and a lion were discussing the relative strength of
men and lions in general.
The Roman contended that he and his countrymen
were stronger than lions by reason of
their greater intelligence.
"Come now with me," the Roman cried, "and I will soon prove that
I am right."
So the Roman took the Lion into
gardens and showed him a statue of
Hercules overcoming a Lion and tearing his mouth in two.
"That is all
very well," said the Lion, "but proves nothing, for it was a man who made the
"WE CAN EASILY REPRESENT ANYTHING
WISH IT TO BE."
THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the
vigilance of the shepherd and his
dogs. But one day it found the skin of a
sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt
and strolled down among the sheep.
The lamb that belonged to the sheep,
whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep's
clothing; so, leading the lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and
for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty
"APPEARANCES ARE DECEPTIVE."
BELLING THE CAT The mice had a general council to consider what measures they
could take to outwit their enemy, the
this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a
proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case.
"You will all
agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous
manner in which the enemy approaches
us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily
escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be
procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the
Cat. By this means we should
always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the
This proposal met with general applause, until an old
mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the
looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said:
"IT IS EASY TO PROPOSE
THE FOOL AND THE COUNTRYMAN
At a country fair there was a fool who made all the people laugh by
imitating the cries of various animals. He
finished off by squeaking so like a pig that the spectators thought that he had
a porker concealed about him.
But a farmer who stood by said: "Call
that a pig's squeak. Nothing like it. You give me till tomorrow and I will show
you what it's like."
The audience laughed, but next
day, sure enough, the farmer appeared on
the stage, and putting his head down squealed so hideously that the spectators,
hissed and threw stones at him to make him stop.
fools" he cried, "see what you have
been hissing," and held up a little pig whose ear he had been pinching to make
him utter the squeals.
"MEN OFTEN APPLAUD IMITATION AND HISS AT
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER In a field, one fine
summer day, a Grasshopper
was hopping about, chirping, singing and munching to his heart's content.
An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil a kernel of rye.
"Why not eat the rye then come and dance and sing with me," said the
Grasshopper, "instead of toiling that way?"
"I am helping to lay up
seed for the winter," said
the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
"Why worry about
winter?" said the
Grasshopper; "there is plenty of seed."
The Ant went on its way and
continued its toil.
winter came the
Grasshopper had no seed, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the
ants distributing rye seeds every day from the stash they had collected in the
"BEST PREPARE FOR DAYS OF
- attributed to Aesop,
Greek storyteller and moralist
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