THE TAILORS THREE SONS.
bank, where delicious wild flowers and young leaves grew, and left her to enjoy herself.
When he came to fetch her in the evening, he asked, " Have you had enough to-day, Nanny?" She replied,
" I am so full That I could not pull Even a blade of grass. Baa, baa !"
" Then come home," he said ; and after leading her to the stable, he tied her up, and went in to his father, and told him how well he had fed the goat, but the tailor could not trust him, and upon going out into the stable, and asking the goat, the wicked animal replied,
" How can I be full ? There was nothing to pull; Not even a blade of grass."
"Oh, dear!" cried the tailor, "what dreadful boys mine are; one quite as bad as the other ; he shall not stay here to make a fool of me." He beat the boy with the yard measure in his rage so dreadfully that he rushed out of the house, and ran away.
Now the tailor remained at home alone with his goat, and the next morning he went intd the stable himself, and said to her, " Come, my precious animal, I will take you out to-day myself." So he took her a little distance to some green hedges, near which grew bright tender grass, of which goats are very fond, and said, "This time you can enjoy yourself to your heart's content."
He left her there till the evening, and then he asked, " Have you eaten as much as you like, Nanny ?" She replied,
" I have had enough Of the nicest stuff. I could not eat any more. Baa, baa !"
So he led her home, and tied her fast in the stable. He had not, however, gone far from the door when he turned back, and again asked her if she was satisfied. To his surprise she said,
"How can I be? For I did not see A single blade of grass Baa, baa