AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A HOUND, roaming in the forest, spied a lion, and being well used to lesser game, gave chase, thinking he would make a fine quarry. Presently the lion per­ceived that he was being pursued; so, stopping short, he rounded on his pursuer and gave a loud roar. The Hound immediately turned tail and fled. A Fox, seeing him running away, jeered at him and said, " Ho ! ho ! There goes the coward who chased a lion and ran away the moment he roared ! "
A MAN had two Daughters, one of whom he gave in marriage to a gardener, and the other to a potter. After a time he thought he would go and see how they were getting on ; and first he went to the gardener's wife. He asked her how she was, and how things were going with herself and her husband. She replied that on the whole they were doing very well: ' But," she continued, I do wish we could have some good heavy rain : the garden wants it badly." Then he went on to the potter's wife and made the same inquiries of her. She replied that she and her husband had nothing to complain of : ' But," she went on, I do wish we could have some nice dry weather, to dry the pottery." Her Father looked at her with a humorous expression on his