AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A WITCH professed to be able to avert the anger of the gods by means of charms, of which she alone possessed the secret; and she drove a brisk trade, and made a fat livelihood out of it. But certain persons accused her of black magic and carried her before the judges, and demanded that she should be put to death for dealings with the Devil. She was found guilty and condemned to death : and one of the judges said to her as she was leaving the dock, You say you can avert the anger of the gods. How comes it, then, that you have failed to disarm the enmity of men ? '
A N Old Man cut himself a bundle of faggots in a
wood and started to carry them home. He had a
long way to go, and was tired out before he had got
much more than halfway. Casting his burden on the
ground, he called upon Death to come and release him
from his life of toil. The words were scarcely out of
his mouth when, much to his dismay, Death stood
before him and professed his readiness to serve him.
He was almost frightened out of his wits, but he had
enough presence of mind to stammer out, ' Good sir,
if you'd be so kind, pray help me up with my burden