AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A CERTAIN man had several Sons who were always quarrelling with one another, and, try as he might, he could not get them to live together in harmony. So he determined to convince them of their folly by the following means. Bidding them fetch a bundle of sticks, he invited each in turn to break it across his knee. All tried and all failed : and then he undid the bundle, and" handed them the sticks one by one, when they had no difficulty at all in breaking them.
There, my boys," said he, ' united you will be more than a match for your enemies : but if you quarrel and separate, your weakness will put you at the mercy of those who attack you."
Union is strength.
A LAMP, well filled with oil, burned with a clear - and steady light, and began to swell with pride and boast that it shone more brightly than the sun himself. Just then a puff of wind came and blew it out. Some one struck a match and lit it again, and said, You just keep alight, and never mind the sun. Why, even the stars never need to be relit as you had to be just now.'