AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE BALD HUNTSMAN
A MAN who had lost all his hair took to wearing a wig, and one day he went out hunting. It was blowing rather hard at the time, and he hadn't gone far before a gust of wind caught his hat and carried it off, and his wig too, much to the amusement of the hunt. But he quite entered into the joke, and said, " Ah, well! the hair that wig is made of didn't stick to the head on which it grew; so it's no wonder it won't stick to mine."
THE HERDSMAN AND THE LOST BULL
A HERDSMAN was tending his cattle when he missed a young Bull, one of the finest of the herd. He went at once to look for him, but, meeting with no success in his search, he made a vow that, if he should discover the thief, he would sacrifice a calf to Jupiter. Continuing his search, he entered a thicket, where he presently espied a lion devouring the lost Bull. Terrified with fear, he raised his hands to heaven and cried, " Great Jupiter, I vowed I would sacrifice a calf to thee if I should discover the thief : but now a fullgrown Bull I promise thee if only I myself escape unhurt from his clutches."
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