AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A LION watched a fat Bull feeding in a meadow, and his mouth watered when he thought of the royal feast he would make, but he did not dare to attack him, for he was afraid of his sharp horns. Hunger, however, presently compelled him to do something : and as the use of force did not promise success, he determined to resort to artifice. Going up to the Bull in friendly fashion, he said to him,' I cannot help saying how much I admire your magnificent figure. What a fine head! What powerful shoulders and thighs ! But, my dear friend, what in the world makes you wear those ugly horns ? You must find them as awkward as they are unsightly. Believe me, you would do much better without them.' The Bull was foolish enough to be persuaded by this flattery to have his horns cut off; and, having now lost his only means of defence, fell an easy prey to the Lion.
A MAN once bought a Parrot and gave it the run of his house. It revelled in its liberty, and presently flew up on to the mantelpiece and screamed away to its heart's content. The noise disturbed the Cat, who was asleep on the hearthrug. Looking up at the intruder, she said, " Who may you be, and where have you come from ? " The Parrot replied, Your master has just