AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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down the tree, and said to the Sow, I must warn you against that dreadful bird, the Eagle. She is only waiting her chance to fly down and carry off one of your little pigs when you take them out, to feed her brood with." She succeeded in frightening the Sow as much as the Eagle. Then she returned to her hole in the trunk, from which, feigning to be afraid, she never came forth by day. Only by night did she creep out unseen to procure food for her kittens. The Eagle meanwhile was afraid to stir from her nest, and the Sow dared not leave her home among the roots : so that in time both they and their families perished of hunger, and their dead bodies supplied the Cat with ample food for her growing family.
A WOLF was worried and badly bitten by dogs, and lay a long time for dead. By and by he began to revive, and, feeling very hungry, called out to a passing Sheep and said,' Would you kindly bring me some water from the stream close by ? I can manage about meat, if only I could get something to drink." But this Sheep was no fool. " I can quite understand," said he, ' that if I brought you the water, you would have no difficulty about the meat. Goodmorning."