AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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said, " I am not a bit frightened ! See, I'll step right into the water! ' He had no sooner done so than the current swept him off his feet. When the others saw him being carried downstream they cried, "Don't go and leave us ! Come back and show us where we too can drink with safety." But he replied, " I'm afraid I can't yet: I want to go to the seaside, and this current will take me there nicely. When I come back I'll show you with pleasure."
THERE was once a Horse who used to graze in a meadow which he had all to himself. But one day a Stag came into the meadow, and said he had as good a right to feed there as the Horse, and moreover chose all the best places for himself. The Horse, wishing to be revenged upon his unwelcome visitor, went to a man and asked if he would help him to turn out the Stag. " Yes," said the man, I will by all means ; but I can only do so if you let me put a bridle in your mouth and mount on your back." The Horse agreed to this, and the two together very soon turned the Stag out of the pasture : but when that was done, the Horse found to his dismay that in the man he had got a master for good.