AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A FARMER, being at death's door, and desiring to impart to his Sons a secret of much moment, called them round him and said, ' My sons, I am shortly about to die ; I would have you know, therefore, that in my vineyard there lies a hidden treasure. Dig, and you will find it." As soon as their father was dead, the Sons took spade and fork and turned up the soil of the vineyard over and over again, in their search for the treasure which they supposed to lie buried there. They found none, however : but the vines, after so thorough a digging, produced a crop such as had never before been seen.
A RICH man once invited a number of his friends ' and acquaintances to a banquet. His dog thought it would be a good opportunity to invite another Dog, a friend of his ; so he went to him and said, " My master is giving a feast : there'll be a fine spread, so come and dine with me to-night." The Dog thus invited came, and when he saw the preparations being made in the kitchen he said to himself, ' My word, I'm in luck : I'll take care to eat enough to-night to last me two or three days.' At the same time he wagged his tail briskly, by way of showing his friend how delighted he was to have been asked. But just then the Cook caught sight of him, and,