AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A WOLF came upon a Lamb straying from the flock, and felt some compunction about taking the life of so helpless a creature without some plausible excuse; so he cast about for a grievance and said at last, ' Last year, sirrah, you grossly insulted me." That is impossible, sir," bleated the Lamb, ' for I wasn't born then." Well," retorted the Wolf, ' you feed in my pastures." That cannot be," replied the Lamb, ' for I have never yet tasted grass." You drink from my spring, then," continued the Wolf. Indeed, sir," said the poor Lamb, I have never yet drunk anything but my mother's milk." Well, anyhow," said the Wolf, I'm not going without my dinner " : and he sprang upon the Lamb and devoured it without more ado.
A PEACOCK taunted a Crane with the dullness of ' her plumage. ' Look at my brilliant colours," said she, ' and see how much finer they are than your poor feathers." I am not denying," replied the Crane, ' that yours are far gayer than mine ; but when it comes to flying I can soar into the clouds, whereas you are confined to the earth like any dunghill cock."