AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A LION and an Ass set up as partners and went ahunting together. In course of time they came to a cave in which there were a number of wild goats. The Lion took up his stand at the mouth of the cave, and waited for them to come out; while the Ass went inside and brayed for all he was worth in order to frighten them out into the open. The Lion struck them down one by one as they appeared; and when the cave was empty the Ass came out and said, ' Well, I scared them pretty well, didn't I ? ' I should think you did," said the Lion : ' why, if I hadn't known you were an Ass, I should have turned and run myself."
A PROPHET sat in the marketplace and told the fortunes of all who cared to engage his services. Suddenly there came running up one who told him that his house had been broken into by thieves, and that they had made off with everything they could lay hands on. He was up in a moment, and rushed off, tearing his hair and calling down curses on the miscreants. The bystanders were much amused, and one of them said, 1 Our friend professes to know what is going to happen to others, but it seems he's not clever enough to perceive what's in store for himself."