AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A MAN caught a Jackdaw and tied a piece of string to one of its legs, and then gave it to his children for a pet. But the Jackdaw didn't at all like having to live with people ; so, after a while, when he seemed to have become fairly tame and they didn't watch him so closely, he slipped away and flew back to his old haunts. Unfortunately, the string was still on his leg, and before long it got entangled in the branches of a tree and the Jackdaw couldn't get free, try as he would. He saw it was all up with him, and cried in despair, " Alas, in gaining my freedom I have lost my life."
A FARMER was greatly annoyed by a Fox, which came prowling about his yard at night and carried off his fowls. So he set a trap for him and caught him ; and in order to be revenged upon him, he tied a bunch of tow to his tail and set fire to it and let him go. As illluck would have it, however, the Fox made straight for the fields where the corn was standing ripe and ready for cutting. It quickly caught fire and was all burnt up, and the Farmer lost all his harvest.
Revenge is a twoedged sword.