AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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provided : but before they had well begun, the door of the larder opened and some one came in. The two Mice scampered off and hid themselves in a narrow and exceedingly uncomfortable hole. Presently, when all was quiet, they ventured out again ; but some one else came in, and off they scuttled again. This was too much for the visitor. l Goodbye," said he, " I'm off. You live in the lap of luxury, I can see, but you are surrounded by dangers ; whereas at home I can enjoy my simple dinner of roots and corn in peace."
A LION saw a fine fat Bull pasturing among a herd of cattle and cast about for some means of getting him into his clutches; so he sent him word that he was sacrificing a sheep, and asked if he would do him the honour of dining with him. The Bull accepted the invitation, but, on arriving at the Lion's den, he saw a great array of saucepans and spits, but no sign of a sheep ; so he turned on his heel and walked quietly away. The Lion called after him in an injured tone to ask the reason, and the Bull turned round and said, I have reason enough. When I saw all your pre­parations it struck me at once that the victim was to be a Bull and not a sheep."
The net is spread in vain in sight of the bird.