AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A N Ass was being driven down a mountain road, and after jogging along for a while sensibly enough he suddenly quitted the track and rushed to the edge of a precipice. He was just about to leap over the edge when his Driver caught hold of his tail and did his best to pull him back : but pull as he might he couldn't get the Ass to budge from the brink At last he gave up, crying, ' All right, then, get to the bottom your own way; but it's the way to sudden death, as you'll find out quick enough.'1
A LION found a Hare sleeping in her form, and was just going to devour her when he caught sight of a passing stag. Dropping the Hare, he at once made for the bigger game; but finding, after a long chase, that he could not overtake the stag, he abandoned the attempt and came back for the Hare. When he reached the spot, however, he found she was nowhere to be seen, and he had to go without his dinner. It serves me right," he said ; I should have been content with what I had got, instead of hankering after a better prize."