The Wolf and the Lamb
WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay
violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's
right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly
insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was
not then born." Then said the Wolf, "You feed in my pasture." "No, good
sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf, "
You drink of my well." "No," exclaimed the Lamb, "I never yet drank water,
for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." Upon which the
Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, "Well! I won't remain supperless,
even though you refute every one of my imputations." The tyrant will always
find a pretext for his tyranny.
The Bat and the Weasels
A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be
spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the
enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a
mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the
ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated
not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The
Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second
time escaped. It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
The Ass and the Grasshopper
AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted;
and, desiring ...