AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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danced before him. Before many minutes were passed the gods who guarded the flock heard the sound and came up to see what was going on. They no sooner clapped eyes on the Wolf than they gave chase and drove him away. As he ran off, he turned and said to the Kid, It's what I thoroughly deserve : my trade is the butcher's, and I had no business to turn piper to please you."
A MAN OF ATHENS fell into debt and was pressed for the money by his creditor ; but he had no means of paying at the time, so he begged for delay. But the creditor refused and said he must pay at once. Then the Debtor fetched a Sow—the only one he had— and took her to market to offer her for sale. It happened that his creditor was there too. Presently a buyer came along and asked if the Sow produced good litters. Yes," said the Debtor, " very fine ones; and the remarkable thing is that she produces females at the Mysteries and males at the Panathenea." (Festivals these were : and the Athenians always sacrifice a sow at one, and a boar at the other ; while at the Dionysia they sacrifice a kid.) At that the creditor, who was standing by, put in, " Don't be surprised, sir; why, still better, at the Dionysia this Sow has kids ! '