AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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A STAG, blind of one eye, was grazing close to the seashore and kept his sound eye turned towards the land, so as to be able to perceive the approach of the hounds, while the blind eye he turned towards the sea, never suspecting that any danger would threaten him from that quarter. As it fell out, however, some sailors, coasting along the shore, spied him and shot an arrow at him, by which he was mortally wounded. As he lay dying, he said to himself, ' Wretch that I am ! I bethought me of the dangers of the land, whence none assailed me : but I feared no peril from the sea, yet thence has come my ruin."
Misfortune often assails us from an unexpected quarter.
A FLY sat on one of the shafts of a cart and said to the Mule who was pulling it, " How slow you are! Do mend your pace, or I shall have to use my sting as a goad." The Mule was not in the least disturbed.
' Behind me, in the cart," said he, ' sits my master. He holds the reins, and flicks me with his whip, and him I obey, but I don't want any of your impertinence. I know when I may dawdle and when I may not."