• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Preface
 Table of Contents
 The dog and his shadow
 The fisherman and the fish
 The hare and the tortoise
 The bear and the owl
 Everybody for himself
 The wolf and the lamb
 The crow and the pitcher
 The mistress and her servants
 Look before you leap
 The country mouse and the town...
 The fox and the grapes
 The adder and the countryman
 The jackdaw and the birds
 The boy and the nettle
 The old man and his ass
 What we have is often better than...
 The mouse and the lion
 The thief and the mastiff
 The discontented donkey
 The wicked are never grateful
 One good turn deserves another
 Take warning by others' misfor...
 Key to the fables
 Back Cover
 Spine






Group Title: The word-picture fable book, or, Old Aesop in a new dress.
Title: The word-picture fable book, or, Old Æsop in a new dress
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Title: The word-picture fable book, or, Old Æsop in a new dress
Alternate Title: Old Æsop in a new dress
Physical Description: 83 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: William
Thomas Nelson & Sons ( Publisher )
Publisher: T. Nelson and Sons
Place of Publication: London ;
Edinburgh ;
New York
Publication Date: 1872
 Subjects
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Fables -- 1872   ( rbgenr )
Rebuses -- 1872   ( rbgenr )
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Genre: Fables   ( rbgenr )
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 Notes
General Note: Signatures: 1², 2-10⁴, 11².
General Note: Preface signed by Uncle William, dated June 1870.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Frontispiece
        Page 3
    Title Page
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Preface
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Table of Contents
        Page 8
    The dog and his shadow
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    The fisherman and the fish
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    The hare and the tortoise
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    The bear and the owl
        Page 18
    Everybody for himself
        Page 19
        Page 20
    The wolf and the lamb
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
    The crow and the pitcher
        Page 24
        Page 25
    The mistress and her servants
        Page 26
        Page 27
    Look before you leap
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
    The country mouse and the town mouse
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    The fox and the grapes
        Page 36
        Page 37
    The adder and the countryman
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
    The jackdaw and the birds
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
    The boy and the nettle
        Page 44
        Page 45
    The old man and his ass
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
    What we have is often better than what we want
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
    The mouse and the lion
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
    The thief and the mastiff
        Page 62
        Page 63
    The discontented donkey
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
    The wicked are never grateful
        Page 67
        Page 68
    One good turn deserves another
        Page 69
        Page 70
    Take warning by others' misfortunes
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
    Key to the fables
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
    Back Cover
        Page 84
        Page 85
    Spine
        Page 86
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REFACE.



Mr DEAR CHILDREN,
I hope you will like this little Fable Book I have prepared for you, and
will find much to amuse, and something to instruct, in its pretty pages.
You know what a Fable is ? A kind of short story, in which animals are
generally introduced, and which is made to convey a truth worth remembering
in a lively and agreeable manner.
The following Fables are not new ones; they are Old Favourites, but they
have New Faces-that is, I have rewritten them in language which, I think,
you will easily understand.
And in order to puzzle you a little, and to entertain you while puzzling you,
I have made the printer insert a little picture here and there instead of a word,
so that you must guess the word from studying the picture.
I think you will not find it very difficult to do this; but in case you should
sometimes be unable to hit upon the right word, I have printed a Key at the end
of the book, in which the Fables are given without illustrations. You must
mind, though, that you are not to look at the Key until you have first done your
utmost to make out the meaning of the picture.
And now, my dear children, I commend this little book to your careful
reading, and hope you will profit by it, and that you will all of you endeavour to
act up to its lessons, and from good boys and girls, with God's blessing, become,
in due time, good men and women.
Your affectionate friend,
UNCLE WILLIAM.
June 1870.






















CONTENTS.


THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW, ...

THE FISHERMAN AND THE FISH, ...

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE,

THE BEAR AND THE OWL, ...

EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF, ...

THE WOLF AND THE LAMB,.. ...

THE CROW AND THE PITCHER,...

THE MISTRESS AND HER SERVANTS,

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP,...

THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN M

THE FOX AND THE GRAPES, ...

THE ADDER AND THE COUNTRYMAN,

THE JACKDAW AND THE BIRDS,...

THE BOY AND THE NETTLE, ...

THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS, ...


1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.


. ... ... ... ...* ** 9

12

15

... ... ... ... ... 18

... ... ...... 19

... 21

... .. ... 24

... ... ... ... ... 26

... ... ...... 28

OUSE ... ... .. ... 31

36

38

41

.. ... ... ... ... 44

... ...... 46

i WHAT WE WANT, ... ... 55

... ...59

... ... ...... 62

... ... ... ... 64

... ... ... 67

... ... ... ... ... 69

S, ... ... ... ... 71


... 75


WHAT WE HAVE IS OFTEN BETTER THAI

THE MOUSE AND THE LION,

THE THIEF AND THE MASTIFF,

THE DISCONTENTED DONKEY, ...

THE WICKED ARE NEVER GRATEFUL,

ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER,

TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNE



KEY TO THE FABLES,


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GOOD MAXIMS ARE ALWAYS IN SEASON.


THE WORD-PICTURE FABLE


BOOK.


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I.-THE


DOG AND


HIS SHADOW.


There was once a


being very hungry


of


had carried off


But crossing a


he saw, as he thought, another dog in


water, which also carried a piece


of meat.


THE COVETOUS MAN IS HIS OWN TORMENTOR.


which


leg


the





GREED OFTEN BEGUILES WIT.


THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW.


Then he barked loudly, and attempted


to seize the prize.


go his own
A/ d a4lI


In doing


piece, which


k and sank.


ish dog found he had been


shadow; as


often does.


so, he


let


fell into the


So the fool-


grasping at a


himself


too


NEVER QUIT CERTAINTY FOR HOPE.




ENVY AND COVETOUSNESS ARE NEVER SATISFIED.


THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW.


It is wise


to be content with what we


have. Greedy people always injure them-


selves.


says a


the '


" A


good
h^Oe


be satisfied


in the hand,"


old proverb, is worth two in


SWe should learn to


vith our lot, and not to envy


other persons.


GREED IS ENVY'S ELDER BROTHER.





DO NOT COUNT YOUR FISH TILL YOU GET THEM.


THE FISHERMAN AND THE FISH.


2.-THE


FISHERMAN AND THE FISH.


-, who was very proud


his musical skill,


sea-side with his


sat himself down by the


and began


to play,


in the belief


that the


fish, on


hearing his beautiful tunes, would jump on


He played,


and played very well,


THINKING IS FAR FROM KNOWING.


of


shore.







WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY.


DILIGENCE IS THE MOTHER OF GOOD FORTUNE.


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ALL IS FISH THAT COMES IN HIS NET.


THE FISHERMAN AND THE FISH.


he drew it on board, and


began to jump and leap;


the oy


but he only said,


"If you would


not dance when I


played,


your dancing now won't save you from the


."-There are always two ways of


doing a thing;


let us take care to


choose


the right one.


IT IS GOOD TO BEGIN WELL, BUT BETTER TO END WELL.


14








A WAGER IS A FOOL'S ARGUMENT.


SLOW AND SURE OFTEN WIN THE RACE.




TIME STAYS NOT THE FOOL'S LEISURE.
16 THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.


went the hare, and


soon left the


tortoise far behind. Then she thought to


herself she would take a rest, and squat-


ting under a


she fell asleep.


Meantime,


up


came the


tortoise,


passed


the sleeping hare, and reached the


before she awoke.


The fox declared him


THERE IS LUCK IN LEISURE.


Away





LET THEM LAUGH WHO WIN.


THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.


winner of the


. Most haste


is sometimes


worst speed.


If we


rest at


the wrong time, we must expect to lose by


our idleness.


In the race of life we must


not fall behind, or halt by the wayside;


if we would win


the


, must


keep steadily onward.


JUDGE NOT OF MEN AND THINGS AT FIRST SIGHT.


but


17





CRAFT BRINGETH NOTHING HOME.


THE BEAR AND THE OWL.


4.-THE


BEAR AND


THE OWL.


boastin


an owl,


that he


partial to man, never ill-treating


believe


said the


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g in the



if
0
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was very

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him when w



e in your w

W


, if you did


not devour him when alive."


THE UNKNOWN ARE BETTER THAN ILL KNOWN.


hearing


of


he was


dead.


"I should


friendship,"


B was


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EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF.


5.-EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF.



Once upon a time a governor of a certain




I had reason to fear it would




be besieged by the enemy; and therefore he


called a council to see how it could




fortified. "For my part," said a


best be


"I think


you


cannot


do better


than use


DELAYS ARE DANGEROUS.


THREATENED FOLKS LIVE LONG.




KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN HOUSE OR LAND.
20 EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF.


brick."-" Not at all," exclaimed a nimble and


industrious


; "I am sure that


timber is a better material."-" You are both


wrong," sharply remarked a


" for there is nothing like leather!"


Every man thinks his


own trade or pro-


fession the best, and undervalues every other.


EVERY ONE FOR HIMSELF, AND GOD FOR US ALL.








MALICE SELDOM WANTS A MARK TO SHOOT AT


AN EVIL MIND, AN EVIL MEANING.





WRANGLERS NEVER WANT WORDS.


THE WOLF AND THE LAMB


innocent


lamb of seeking


to disturb


in the


"But how


can that be,"


said the lamb,


" since


water runs down from you to me ?"


"That


may be so,"


said the grim


and surly


," but this time last year you


called me


ill names."


"What! I?-I was


A CLEAR CONSCIENCE FEARS NO ACCUSATION.


water


the


the





ONE UNKIND WORD GENERATES OTHERS.


THE WOLF AND THE LAMB.


not even born."


Then the


fell into a passion, and seized


saying,


"If it


was not


you, it


the lamb,


was your


mother, the


, which


the same."


The wicked man never wants an excuse


for doing harm to the innocent.


MALICE DRINKETH ITS OWN POISON.


is all






NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION.


NEVER GIVE UP AT A DIFFICULTY.





FEW THINGS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO SKILL AND INDUSTRY.
THE CROW AND THE PITCHER 25


Then he picked up


some large


stones, and these he cast one by one


rose


into


up


0
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0
fK


thirst.-This is a lesson for boys and girls,


as good as they can find in any


" Persevere and conquer every difficulty."


PERSEVERE AGAINST DISCOURAGEMENT.


him.


the


to the brim, and he was able to quench his


, until the water








A GOOD SERVANT MAKES A GOOD MASTER.


RISE EARLY AND ECONOMISE YOUR TIME.





SERVE WELL, IF YOU WOULD BE WELL SERVED.
THE MISTRESS AND HER SERVANTS. 27




two's extra sleep, and be left longer in their



S. But their young mistress

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saw through their scheme, and always after- X



| wards made them rise when the



O pointed to three.-People who do wrong to

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save them selves trouble. often brinr a. -ftr 0


HE THAT RISES LATE NEVER DOES A GOOD DAY'S WORK.








NEVER WADE IN UNKNOWN WATERS,


SUDDEN TRUST BRINGS SUDDEN REPENTANCE.




LOOK TWICE ERE YOU DETERMINE ONCE.


LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.


my friend," cried he; "you never before saw


so good


down here on


or so abundant!


purpose to


I came


drink of it."


immediately


jumped


in; and the


sly


old Reynard,


springing


his stout


,immediately


Then said the former: What!


CALCULATE WELL BEFORE YOU RESOLVE.


water


The


upon


jmnped out.





PROCURE NOT FRIENDS IN HASTE.
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LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.


will you leave me here alone ?


How shall


I get up ag


replied the


rain ? That is your


;" you should have


looked before you leaped."


went over the nearest


And away


Greedy


people


often overreach


selves.


Be content with what you have.


PRESENCE OF MIND IS NECESSARY AT ALL TIMES.


business,"


he


them-





A CONTENTED MIND IS A CONTINUAL FEAST.


THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE.


I O.-THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE.


A country


who had


friend in a distant town, invited him to pay



him a visit. The town mouse did so, and



on his arrival received a hearty welcome.



But he soon found that the fare was coarse


and scanty;


Sor two,


a few


UNFADING JOYS ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD.





CONTENT IS THE TRUE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.


THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE.


pease, a little rice, and n


small quantity of grain, w


a crumb or two of mouldy


ow and then a


ith occasionally


So he grew tired of his visit, and said to his


friend, How can you spend your life in this


miserable


, where the farmer


and his wife don't allow you proper food,


BETTER LONG SOMETHING THAN SOON NOTHING.





CONTENTMENT TO THE MIND IS A LIGHT TO THE EYE.


THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE,


nor enough of it? Come up to town with


me, and see how I live." The two friends


*went, and at night the town mouse took the


country mouse into a splendid ,BII



whose shelves were loaded with dainties.


Here was a fine cheese, there a


full of delicious milk; in fact, the country


PLEASURES OVER-PURCHASED ARE REAL TORMENTS.





A FAT KITCHEN MAKES A LEAN WILL.


THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE.


mouse was quite


bewildered, and


scarcely


knew what to taste first.


But, lo and behold! the


came in, while the two friends were enjoying



themselves, and discovering them at work,



she began to beat them with a



and calling a couple of cats, pursued them


BETTER BE BLITHE WITH LITTLE, THAN SAD WITH NOTHING.




CONTENT CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED BY A VIRTUOUS LIFE.


THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE.


with so much vigour, that it was with great


difficulty they made their escape.



As soon as things were quiet again, the


country


friend, "Good-bye! I'm (


whispered to his


off! You are wel-


come to your fine dishes and anxiety; for my


part, I'd rather have plain food and peace."


DEPEND NOT ON FORTUNE, BUT CONDUCT.





FIRST DESERVE, AND THEN DESIRE.
36 THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.


II.-THE


FOX AND


THE GRAPES.


time,



old


, where his


and the


grapes


fox stole into


quick eyes dis-


covered some fine fruit just above his head;


and he jumped up to seize the


Unfortunately he found they hung beyond


ENVY IS A SELF-EXECUTIONER.


was vintage


sly




WALK SWIFTLY FROM TEMPTATION; IT MAY OVERTAKE YOU.
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THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.


his reach; and after many fruitless trials,



the crept back through the



hedge, grumbling, and saying, "Well, after


all, who would care to eat a lot


grapes! "-What we


to despise.


iot get, we pretend


The


which


not ours, never keeps


"SOUR GRAPES," AS THE FOX SAID WHEN HE COULD NOT REACH THEM.


of sour





A DOUBTFUL FRIEND IS EVER TO BE AVOIDED.


THE ADDER AND THE COUNTRYMAN.


12.-THE ADDER AND THE COUNTRYMAN.


One winter


day,


when the pure


snow lay thick on the ground, and the leaves


were all



peasant


gone


from the


found under


the hedge


,lying frozen and nearly dead.


Being a man of tender heart, he put the crea-


IT IS NOT WISE TO WAKE A SLEEPING LION.


white


an







RETURN KINDNESS WITH CHEERFULNESS.


WHEN INGRATITUDE IS PUNISHED, NO ONE WEEPS.





KINDNESS SHOULD BEGET KINDNESS,-REPAY IT NOT WITH EVIL.


THE ADDER AND THE COUNTRYMAN.


this the way you repay me for my kindness ?


Will you return evil for good?


If so, you


must die."


And with his


l he knocked


.on the head, and with one


blow killed it.-If we turn round on those


who do us a kindness, we must expect to be


punished for our ingratitude.


TURN NOT ON THE HAND THAT SUCCOURS YOU.


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BORROWED GARMENTS NEVER FIT WELL
THE JACKDAW AND THE BIRDS. 41


13.-THE


JACKDAW


AND THE


BIRDS.


A vain and empty-headed jackdaw went


strutting about


a garden


of peacocks'


decked in a


s which


lot


picked


up. Thinking


himself


some, the


left his old friends,


and forced himself into


the company of a


PRETENDERS SHOULD BE PUT TO THE TEST.


he had


very


hand-





SEEK YOUR COMPANIONS AMONG YOUR EQUALS.
42 THE JACKDAW AND THE BIRDS.


splendid j


SAt first he got along


very well, but after a short time the peacock


found out that he was only a pretender, and


stripping him of the


not his own, drove him away.


bird, perfectly


humbled and


Ss that were


The wretched


crest-fallen,


then went back to his former friends, the


VANITY RENDERS BEAUTY CONTEMPTIBLE.




PRIDE MAKES ENEMIES OF FRIENDS.


THE JACKDAW AND THE BIRDS


,and


the,


but they, offended at his pride, and at the


contempt


he had


shown for


their society,


bade him go about his business.


It is foolish to make ourselves out what


we are not; and only the ignorant and silly


will scorn their old friends.


PRIDE IS THE EFFECT OF SELF-IGNORANCE.




A KNOWLEDGE OF LITTLE THINGS IS OFTEN VALUABLE.


THE BOY AND THE NETTLE.


14.-THE BOY



A little


AND THE NETTLE.


who was playing



ured to touch a


by it.


He ran


home to his mother with all speed, complain-


ing that he had scarcely touched it, and yet


the nasty thing had made his fingers burn.


GIVE ME, NEXT GOOD, AN UNDERSTANDING.


about


a meadow vent


, and was stung





IGNORANCE IS THE PARENT OF MANY TROUBLES.


THE BOY AND THE NETTLE.


" Just so, my son," said she; but had you


grasped it boldly, it would not have hurt you;


timid people always run into more trouble than


do the brave.


If you see a


and want to jump across it, do so without fear


and hesitation, and you will leap safely to the


other side.


If you hesitate, you are lost!"


VALOUR IS BUT LITTLE WITHOUT DISCRETION.





TRIFLES LEAD TO SERIOUS MATTERS.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


15.-THE


A miller


OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


and his son were driving


to market in a neighbour-


ing town to


sell him.


They had gone but


a little


way
*- ', ,. -.


when they


met


some


rude


,who cried out, Look at those


two simpletons!


They are toiling along on


GIVE YOUR FRIEND COUNSEL WITH CAUTION.


an




IF WISDOM IS SOUGHT FOR, IT MAY ALWAYS BE FOUND.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


foot, when they might much more wisely ride


upon their donkey."


Then


made his


son mount the


ass's back,


walked along


tented.


afterwards


they
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came up


noisy group


of


, who, the


THERE'S NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL.


and


by his side,


very


well


con-


Shortly


to




MEDDLE NOT WITH THAT WHICH CONCERNS YOU NOT.
48 THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


moment


walking


they caught


sight


of the


father


and the son riding, exclaimed,


"What an idle


rascal!


boy! Look at the young


He is fine and comfortable on his


, while his poor old father


can scarcely


drag along


his weary feet."


On hearing


this the


miller made


his son


REPROOF NEVER DOES A WISE MAN HARM.





LABOURING TO PLEASE FOOLS IS SERVILE EMPLOYMENT.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


dismount, and placed himself in


his stead


on the back of the ass.


A couple of men were sitting under an old


, and seeing the old man rid-


ing


them


shouted, "Get off,


you lazy fellow!


can you expect your son to walk as fast as


QUICK BELIEVERS NEED BROAD SHOULDERS.


and the boy walking, one of


How


49





A GRAIN OF PRUDENCE IS WORTH A POUND OF CRAFT.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


can ride!


Get off,


or at least take


your boy up behind you." The


anxious


to please


everybody, immediately


did so, and thinking that now he must be i


the right, trotted merrily away.


But passing


the


of th<


squire's orchard, they found the squire stand-


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CREDULOUS MEN ARE THE PREY OF CRAFTY ONES.


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MISFORTUNES ARE THE DISCIPLINE OF HUMANITY.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


ing there, and he, when he saw the


donkey


hobbling along beneath his double burden,



began to scold the miller and his son, and



jestingly exclaimed, "Why, you can much


better


carry the poor


than


he can carry heavy fellows like you."


No sooner said than done.


"I am sure,"


MISFORTUNES SELDOM COME ALONE.


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51





UNBOUGHT EXPERIENCE IS SELDOM WORTH MUCH.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


said the miller, I wish to please you all;"


and tying the ass's legs together, he strung


him on a stout


he himself took,


, one end of which


while his son took


other, and thus they carried the donkey as


far as the


approach to


the town.


MISFORTUNES MAKE US WISE.


the


which made


the





GOOD ADVICE IS OFTEN MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


Here the townsmen began to laugh and


jeer at the unusual sight of a donkey being


carried to market; and the ass, frightened


by the noise, kicked off the cord that bound


him, and in his agitation fell over the bridge



into the The water was


very deep, and the poor animal immediately


AFTER CROSSES AND LOSSES, MEN GROW HUMBLER AND WISER.




HE IS UNFORTUNATE WHO CANNOT BEAR MISFORTUNE.


THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.


sank, so that the


after trying to


please


nobody, but


lost his ass, time, and trouble into the bargain.


Let us listen to the advice of the wise and


prudent, and act upon it; but if we follow


everybody's counsel, we shall not


please


anybody, and shall injure ourselves.


ADD NOT TROUBLE TO THE GRIEF-WORN HEART.








QUENCH ALL IMMODERATE DESIRES.


FOLLY IS NEVER LONG SATISFIED WITH ITSELF.





WE INCREASE OUR WEALTH BY LESSENING OUR DESIRES.


WHAT WE HAVE IS OFTEN BETTER THAN WHAT WE WANT.


be better off than they were;


but, weary of


their croaking, he threw them down a log


into the water, and bade them be


satisfied.


At first they regarded the log with fear, but


finding that it did not move or speak, they


out of the


,hopped


around it, and


after awhile


actually


HAPPY IS HE WHO LIMITS HIS WANTS TO HIS NECESSITIES.


crept


got




HE THAT ALWAYS COMPLAINS IS NEVER PITIED.


WHAT WE HAVE IS OFTEN BETTER THAN WHAT WE WANT.


upon it.


"This is a sorry king," said they;


"he can't govern us, for he is without life.


Pray, 0 Jupiter,


give us another !"


This


time Jupiter grew angry, and, to puni


their discontent,


sent them


who immediately began to eat them up as fast


as he could.


Their


s now com-


CHANGES ARE NOT ALWAYS BENEFICIAL.


--




LITTLE SINS COMMONLY LEAD TO GREAT EVILS.


58


WHAT WE HAVE IS OFTEN BETTER THAN WHAT WE WANT.


plained that instead of a


had got a tyrant;


but Jupiter


refused


listen to them, and said they must put up


with the consequences of their own folly.

Don't change your condition unless you
Don't change your condition, unless you


are sure it


is for the


better.


"A rolling


stone," says the proverb, "gathers no moss."


THE THORN IS OFTEN PLUCKED FOR THE ROSE.


they


to





A NOBLE MIND SCORNS MEAN ACTIONS.
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THE MOUSE AND THE LION.


17.-THE MOUSE AND THE LION.



The king of beasts was sleeping in his den,



when he was aroused by a little


who, in his ignorance of where he was, ran


over the nose of the


indignant animal was about to kill


. The



the tiny


creature; but the latter implored his mercy,


A KIND ACTION IS NEVER THROWN AWAY.





STRENGTH IS NOT ALWAYS A MATCH FOR CUNNING.


THE MOUSE AND THE LION.


and promised not to offend again.


So his


grim majesty permitted him to take his leave.


Some time afterwards, the


lion happened


to be captured by a company of hunters, who


bound him tightly with -',intend-


ing to kill him on the morrow. In this con-


dition he was found by the little


A FRIEND IS NEVER KNOWN TILL NEEDED.







THE NOBLE MIND HAS NO RESENTMENTS.


ONE NEVER LOSES BY DOING A GOOD TURN.





NEVER BE BRIBED TO DO A WRONG.


THE THIEF AND THE MASTIFF.


18.-THE THIEF AND THE MASTIFF.


A thief, who wanted to rob a gentleman's



,found a dog in the garden,



and endeavoured to bribe him into silence


by throwing him a bone.



the honest


" Ho, ho,"


said


" I did not like


your appearance at the first, but now that


A KNAVE DISCOVERED IS THE GREATEST FOOL.





IF SINNERS ENTICE THEE, CONSENT THOU NOT.
THE THIEF AND THE MASTIFF. 63



Syou try to bribe me, I am sure you are

0
g a knave. Be off, or I will rouse the 0

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."-This is the way in which



j Honesty will always meet the advances of
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SFraud. He who once listens to the voice I
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of the tempter is certain in the end to go 5
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ALL ARE NOT THIEVES THAT DOGS BARK AT.




HASTY RESOLUTIONS SELDOM SPEED WELL.


THE DISCONTENTED DONKEY.


19.-THE


DISCONTENTED


DONKEY.


A _"( -had been for years in


the service of a gardener, who employed him



to carry to market his stock of vegetables;


now


a basket


and now a hamper


a load of


of nice fresh


of potatoes; at one time


) s, and at another a load


THE LOAD THAT IS CHEERFULLY BORNE BECOMES PLEASANT.





CHANGE SELDOM, FOR CHANGES ARE INCONVENIENT.


THE DISCONTENTED DONKEY.


of


s. Growing weary of his


work, he asked Jupiter for another master.


Jupiter does not like the discontented, and


so he placed him under a



The burdens he had now to carry were


heavier


than any his


former master


placed on his back, and again he complained


HE IS WELL WORTHY OF SORROW THAT BUYS IT.


had




'TIS FOLLY TO FRET WHEN GRIEF'S NO COMFORT


THE DISCONTENTED DONKEY.


to Jupiter, who, this time, made him over to


a and the silly ass found him-


self compelled to turn the brickmaker's wheel.


"Alas," said he, "what a fool I was not to


be content with my first lot!


I see that he


who is constantly changing, is sure to change


for the worse!"


HE WHO WANTS CONTENT CAN'T FIND AN EASY CHAIR.





BE SLOW TO PROMISE, AND QUICK TO PERFORM.


THE WICKED ARE NEVER GRATEFUL.


20.-THE


WICKED ARE NEVER GRATEFUL.


, while taking his dinner,


swallowed a bone, which stuck in his throat,


and caused him terrible pain.


and down the


He went up


, asking every


animal to relieve him, but all were afraid.


At length,


by the


promise


of a splendid


ALL ARE NOT FRIENDS THAT SPEAK US FAIR.




TRUE GRATITUDE IS SHOWN IN DEEDS.


THE WICKED ARE NEVER GRATEFUL.


reward, a


wasinduced to try


her skill; and thrusting her neck down the


wolf's throat, she drew forth the bone.


Then


she claimed her reward.


the


"Reward!" cried


; "and is it not enough


that, having put your head into a wolf's jaws,


you have been allowed to take it out again ?"


RATIFY PROMISES WITH PERFORMANCES.






NOUGHT SO SMALL BUT MAY GOOD CONTAIN.

ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER. 69





21.-O'NE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER.
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4. 4 0
Two were drinking at the side

U k
0

^ of a pond. One fell in, and was on the point




0 of being drowned, when a

0

Swho saw the mishap, plucked a leaf from a

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tree, and dropped it in the water. The |
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A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED.





LOSE NO OPPORTUNITY OF DOING A GOOD ACTION.
i-- ---------------------- --- -__________


ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER.


At this very time a


spread


his net, with the view of catching the poor


dove; but the ant, perceiving his object, bit



his heel, and the man in his alarm let fall
_--_


. The dove then saw how


great a danger she had escaped, and thank-



ing the ant, flew away.


A REAL FRIEND IS DISCOVERED IN A TRYING CASE.


the


---





WHEN THY NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE IS ON FIRE, BEWARE OF THINE OWN.


TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNES.


22.-TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNES.


The errors and misfortunes of other pe


will always


be regarded by the prudent


lessons for their own instruction.

. .


Once upon a time, the


with an


ass and a fox,


and proposed


ople


0
Lt as
aas
U,

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0



met



that


they should go out hunting together. They


BETTER TO BE ALONE THAN IN BAD COMPANY.




HE THAT HAS MUCH, WOULD ALWAYS HAVE MORE.


TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNES.


captured a very considerable amount


booty, and the chase being over, retired to a


be divided


undertake the task of division, and he, care-


fully separating the


spoil into


three equal


portions, requested his companions to take


FEAR IS ONE PART OF PRUDENCE.


of


that it might


among them.


The lion requested the ass to





AVOID CONTENTION WITH THE STRONG.


TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNES.


their choice. But the lion declared the divi-




sion unfair, sprang upon the

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0
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a


and tore him to pieces.


the


"Now," said he


S"be good enough


divide the whole between me and yourself


The fox immediately handed over the sp<


to
to o




to
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f." w



oili
tfI
ni


to the lion, keeping back only a very small


CHEATING PLAY NEVER THRIVES.
10




PRECEPTS MAY LEAD, BUT EXAMPLES DRAW.
74 TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS' MISFORTUNES.


"Ha, ha," said the king of beasts,


"I see you understand how to ac


" Yes,"


replied the
--_._+


t fairly."



; I was


taught a lesson by the fate of the ass."


LET US TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.


portion.





KIND WORDS AWAKEN KIND ECHOES.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


The italicised words represent the Pictures in the foregoing Fables.


I.-THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW.
THERE was once a dog, which being very
hungry had carried off a leg of mutton. But
crossing a bridge he saw, as he thought,
another dog in the water, which also carried
a piece of meat. Then he barked loudly,
and attempted to seize the prize. In doing
so, he let go his own piece, which fell into the
stream and sank. So the foolish dog found
he had been grasping at a shadow; as man
himself too often does.
It is wise to be content with what we
have. Greedy people always injure them-
selves. "A bird in the hand," says a good
old proverb, "is worth two in the bush."


We should learn to be satisfied with our lot,
and not to envy other persons.


2.-THE FISHERMAN AND THE FISH.
A fisherman, who was very proud of his
musical skill, sat himself down by the sea-
side with his flute, and began to play, in the
belief that the fish, on hearing his beautiful
tunes, would jump on shore. He played,
and played very well, but no fish came;
neither salmon, nor mackerel, nor any other.
" This will never do," said he; "I must try
some other way of catching my fish, or I
shall starve." So he got into his boat, took
his net, rowed out to sea, and soon found his
net quite full. Then he drew it on board,
and thefish began to jump and leap; but he
only said, "If you would not dance when I
played, your dancing now won't save you
from the pan."-There are always two ways
of doing a thing; let us take care to choose
the right one.

3.-THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.
A hare, once upon a time, laughed at the
slow gait of a tortoise, and offered to bet a
very considerable sum of money that she
would run a mile in far less time. As judge
of the race they chose the fox.


USE SOFT WORDS AND MILD ARGUMENTS.







HE WHO SWIMS IN SIN WILL SINK IN SORROW.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


.


*IA .__ '/LL/AMSOW sf I
Away went the hare, and soon left the
tortoise far behind. Then she thought to
herself she would take a rest, and squatting
under a tree she fell asleep. Meantime, up
came the tortoise, passed the sleeping hare,
and reached the post before she awoke. The
fox declared him winner of the purse.-Most
haste is sometimes worst speed. If we rest
at the wrong time, we must expect to lose
by our idleness. In the race of life we must
not fall behind, or halt by the wayside; but
if we would win the crown, must keep
steadily onward.


4.-THE BEAR AND THE OWL.
A bear was boasting in the hearing of an
owl, that he was very partial to man, never
ill-treating him when he was dead. I
should believe in your friendship," said the
owl, "if you did not devour him when
alive."

5.-EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF.
ONCE upon a time a governor of a certain
castle had reason to fear it would be besieged


by the enemy; and therefore he called a
council to see how it could best be fortified.
"For my part," said a bricklayer, "I think
you cannot do better than use brick."-" Not
at all," exclaimed a nimble and industrious
carpenter; "I am sure that timber is a
better material."-" You are both wrong,"
sharply remarked a carrier; "for there is
nothing like leather !"
Every man thinks his own trade or pro-
fession the best, and undervalues every other.


6.-THE WOLF AND THE LAMB.
ONE very hot day a wolf and a lamb chanced
to come down to the same stream to drink;
the wolf on the higher ground, and the lamb
some distance below him. The wolf, wish-
ing to quarrel, accused the meek and innocent
lamb of seeking to disturb the water in the
stream. "But how can that be," said the
lamb, "since the water runs down from you
to me ?" That may be so," said the grim
and surly wolf, "but this time last year you
called me ill names." "What! I ?-I was
not even born." Then the wolf fell into a
passion, and seized the lamb, saying, "If it
was not you, it was your mother, the sheep,
which is all the same."


A LIE HAS NO LEGS, BUT SCANDAL HAS WINGS.






GOOD FORESIGHT FURTHERS THE WORK.


KEY TO TIE FABLES.


The wicked man never wants an excuse
for doing harm to the innocent.



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7.-THE CROW AND THE PITCHER.
ONCE on a time, a thirsty crow had the
good fortune to fall in with a pitcher of
water. But when he would have drunk, he
found the water so low down that he could
not reach it. He tried to overturn the
pitcher, but it was too heavy for him. Then
he picked up some large stones, and these
he cast one by one into the pitcher, until
the water rose up to the brim, and he was
able to quench his thirst.-This is a lesson
for boys and girls, as good as they can find
in any book: "Persevere and conquer every
difficulty."


8.-THE MISTRESS AND HER SERVANTS.
THERE was a young lady who had several
servants, and she was accustomed to call
them up every morning when the cock crew.
The lazy girls, angry at being roused so
early, killed the cock, in the hope that they
might get an hour or two's extra sleep, and


be left longer in their bed. But their young
mistress saw through their scheme, and
always afterwards made them rise when the
clock pointed to three.-People who do wrong
to save themselves trouble, often bring a far
greater misfortune upon their heads.


9. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.


A FOX had fallen into a well, and was at a
loss for some means of getting out again.
After a while there came to the place an old
goat; but before he drank, he asked of
Mister Fox whether the water was good and
plentiful. "Oh yes, my friend," cried he;
"you never before saw water so good or so
abundant! I came down here on purpose to
drink of it." The goat immediately jumped
in; and the sly old Reynard, springing upon
his stout horns, immediately jumped out.
Then said the former: "What! will you
leave me here alone? How shall I get up
again ?" That is your business," replied
the fox; "you should have looked before
you leaped." And away he went over the
nearest gate.


NONE CEASE TO RISE, BUT THOSE WHO CEASE TO CLIMB.






STUDY TO BE WORTHY OF YOUR PARENTS.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


Greedy people often overreach themselves.
Be content with what you have.



10.-THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE
TOWN MOUSE.

A COUNTRY mouse, who had a friend in a
distant town, invited him to pay him a visit.
The town mouse did so, and on his arrival
received a hearty welcome. But he soon
found that the fare was coarse and scanty;
a nut or two, a few pease, a little rice, and
now and then a small quantity of grain, with
occasionally a crumb or two of mouldy
bread. So he grew tired of his visit, and
said to his friend, How can you spend your
life in this miserable barn, where the farmer
and his wife don't allow you proper food,
nor enough of it ? Come up to town with
me, and see how I live." The two friends
went, and at night the town mouse took the
country mouse into a splendid larder, whose
shelves were loaded with dainties. Here
was a fine cheese, there a pan full of delicious
milk; in fact, the country mouse was quite
bewildered, and scarcely knew what to taste
first.
But, lo and behold! the servant came in
while the two friends were enjoying them-
selves, and discovering them at work, she
began to beat them with a broom; and call-
ing a couple of cats, pursued them with so
much vigour, that it was with great diffi-
culty they made their escape.
As soon as things were quiet again, the
country mouse whispered to his friend,
"Good-bye I'm off! You are welcome to
your fine dishes and anxiety; for my part,
I'd rather have plain food and peace."


THE PATH OF VIRTUE


11.-THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.
IT was vintage time, and the grapes were
ripe. A sly old fox stole into a vineyard,
where his quick eyes discovered some fine
fruit just above his head; and he jumped up
to seize the grapes. Unfortunately he found
they hung beyond his reach; and after many
fruitless trials, the fox crept back through
the hedge, grumbling, and saying, Well,
after all, who would care to eat a lot of sour
grapes !"-What we cannot get, we pretend
to despise. The watch which is not ours,
never keeps time.











12.-THE ADDER AND THE COUNTRYMAN.
ONE winter day, when the pure white snow
lay thick on the ground, and the leaves were
all gone from the trees, a peasant found under
the hedge an adder, lying frozen and nearly

IS THE PATH OF PEACE.






HE WHO WOULD REAP WELL MUST SOW WELL.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


dead. Being a man of tender heart, he put
the creature in his bosom, and carried it
home, where he laid it before the fire, in the
hope of reviving it. But no sooner did it
feel the warmth, and recover its strength,
than it turned round on the peasant's chil-
dren, and tried to sting them.
"Ho, ho !" said the peasant, amazed; "is
this the way you repay me for my kindness ?
Will you return evil for good ? If so, you
must die." And with his stick he knocked
the adder on the head, and with one blow
killed it.-If we turn round on those who do
us a kindness, we must expect to be punished
for our ingratitude.


13.-THE JACKDAW AND THE BIRDS.
A VAIN and empty-headed jackdaw went
strutting about a garden decked in a lot of
peacocks' feathers which he had picked up.
Thinking himself very handsome, the jack-
daw left his old friends, and forced himself into
the company of a splendid peacock. At first
he got along very well, but after a short time
the peacock found out that he was only a
pretender, and stripping him of the feathers


that were not his own, drove him away.
The wretched bird, perfectly humbled and
crest-fallen, then went back to his former
friends, the raven and the crow; but they,
offended at his pride, and at the contempt
he had shown for their society, bade him go
about his business.
It is foolish to make ourselves out what
we are not; and only the ignorant and silly
will scorn their old friends.



14.-THE BOY AND THE NETTLE.
A LITTLE boy who was playing about in a
meadow ventured to touch a nettle, and was
stung by it. He ran home to his mother
with all speed, complaining that he had
scarcely touched it, and yet the nasty thing
had made his fingers burn. "Just so, my
son," said she; "but had you grasped it
boldly, it would not have hurt you; timid
people always run into more trouble than do
the brave. If you see a stream, and want
to jump across it, do so without fear and
hesitation, and you will leap safely to the
other side. If you hesitate, you are lost!"



15.-THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.
A MILLER and his son were driving an ass
to market in a neighboring town to sell
him. They had gone but a little way when
they met some rude boys, who cried out,
"Look at those two simpletons They are
toiling along on foot, when they might much
more wisely ride upon their donkey." Then
the miller made his son mount the ass's
back, and walked along by his side, very
well contented.


THE HOPE IS SURE WHICH HAS ITS FOUNDATION IN VIRTUE.






GOOD MANNERS IS THE ART OF MAKING PEOPLE EASY.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


Shortly afterwards they came up to a
noisy group of girls, who, the moment they
caught sight of the father walking and the
son riding, exclaimed, What an idle boy !
Look at the young rascal! He is fine and
comfortable on his donkey, while his poor
old father can scarcely drag along his weary
feet." On hearing this the miller made his
son dismount, and placed himself in his
stead on the back of the ass.
A couple of men were sitting under an
old tree, and seeing the old man riding and
the boy walking, one of them shouted, Get
off, you lazy fellow! How can you expect
your son to walk as fast as you can ride !
Get off, or at least take your boy up behind
you." The miller, anxious to please every-
body, immediately did so, and thinking that
now he must be in the right, trotted merrily
away.
But passing the gate of the squire's
orchard, they found the squire standing
there; and he, when he saw the donkey


hobbling along beneath his double burden,
began to scold the miller and his son, and
jestingly exclaimed, "Why, you can much
better carry the poor donkey than he can
carry heavy fellows like you."
No sooner said than done. I am sure,"
said the miller, I wish to please you all;"


and tying the ass's legs together, he strung
him on a stout pole, one end of which he
himself took, while his son took the other,
and ,thus they carried the donkey as far as
the bridge which made the approach to the
town.
Here the townsmen began to laugh and
jeer at the unusual sight of a donkey being
carried to market; and the ass, frightened
by the noise, kicked off the cord that bound
him, and in his agitation fell over the bridge
into the water. The water was very deep,
and the poor animal immediately sank; so
that the miller after trying to please every-
body had pleased nobody, but lost his ass,
time, and trouble into the bargain.
Let us listen to the advice of the wise and
prudent, and act upon it; but if we follow
everybody's counsel, we shall not please any-
body, and shall injure ourselves.



16.-WHAT WE HAVE IS OFTEN BETTER
THAN WHAT WE WANT.
ONCE upon a time, the frogs, after living for
ages in the wide marshes, uncontrolled by
any superior power, grew discontented with
their lot, and croaked out a petition to
Jupiter to give them a king. Jupiter knew
very well that they could not be better off
than they were; but, weary of their croak-
ing, he threw them down a log into the
water, and bade them be satisfied. At first -
they regarded the log with fear, but finding
that it did not move or speak, they crept
out of the rushes, hopped around it, and after
awhile actually got upon it. "This is a sorry
king," said they; "he can't govern us, for
he is without life. Pray, O Jupiter, give us
another !" This time Jupiter grew angry,


DERIDE NOT ANY MAN'S INFIRMITIES.






IF THERE WERE NO CLOUDS WE WOULD NOT ENJOY THE SUN.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


and, to punish their discontent, sent them a
stork, who immediately began to eat them
up as fast as he could. The frogs now com-
plained that instead of a Icing they had got
a tyrant; but Jupiter refused to listen to
them, and said they must put up with the
consequences of their own folly.


111
/ \~~1111~4-


Don't change your condition, unless you
are sure it is for the better. "A rolling
stone," says the proverb, "gathers no moss."


17.-THE MOUSE AND THE LION.

THE king of beasts was sleeping in his den,
when he was aroused by a little mouse, who,
in his ignorance of where he was, ran over
the nose of the lion. The indignant animal
was about to kill the tiny creature; but the
latter implored his mercy, and promised not
to offend again. So his grim majesty per-
mitted him to take his leave.
Some time afterwards, the lion happened
to be captured by a company of hunters,
who bound him tightly with ropes, intending
to kill him on the morrow. In this condi-
tion he was found by the little mouse, who
straightway set to work at the cords, bit
through the knot, and set the lion free.
After thanking his humble friend, the lion


: V I -. -_._ _--.. i
retired with all speed to the shelter of the
forest, remarking, that even in this world a
good action seldom fails to meet with a due
reward.


18.-THE THIEF AND THE MASTIFF.

A THIEF, who wanted to rob a gentleman's
house, found a dog in the garden, and
endeavoured to bribe him into silence by
throwing him a bone. "Ho, ho," said the


honest mastif, "I did not like your appear-
ance at the first, but now that you try to
bribe me, I am sure you are a knave. Be
off, or I will rouse the watchman."-This is
the way in which Honesty will always meet


A GOOD NAME KEEPS ITS LUSTRE IN THE DARK.





CONFESSION OF A FAULT MAKES HALF AMENDS FOR IT.

82 KEY TO THE FABLES.


the advances of Fraud. He who once listens
to the voice of the tempter is certain in the
end to go astray, and be lost.


19.-THE DISCONTENTED DONKEY.
A donkey had been for years in the service
of a gardener, who employed him to carry to
market his stock of vegetables; now a basket
of nice fresh cabbages, and now a hamper of
potatoes; at one time a load of apples, and
at another a load of pears. Growing weary
of his work, he asked Jupiter for another
master. Jupiter does not like the discon-
tented, and so he placed him under a potter.
The burdens he had now to carry were
heavier than his former master had placed
on his back, and again he complained to
Jupiter, who, this time, made him over to
a briclcmaker, and the silly ass found him-
self compelled to turn the brickmaker's
wheel. "Alas," said he, "what a fool I was
not to be content with my first lot! I see
that he who is constantly changing, is sure
to change for the worse !"


20.-THE WICKED ARE NEVER
GRATEFUL.
A wolf, while taking his dinner, swallowed
a bone, which stuck in his throat, and caused
him terrible pain. He went up and down


the wood, asking every animal to relieve
him; but all were afraid. At length, by the
promise of a splendid reward, a crane was
induced to try her skill; and thrusting her
neck down the wolf's throat, she drew forth
the bone. Then she claimed her reward.
"Reward!" cried the wolf; "and is it not
enough that, having put your head into a
wolf's jaws, you have been allowed to take
it out again ?"



21.-ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES
ANOTHER.

Two ants were drinking at the side of a
pond. One fell in, and was on the point of
being drowned, when a dove, who saw the
mishap, plucked a leaf from a tree, and
dropped it in the water. The ant, mounting
upon it, got safely ashore. At this very
time a fowler spread his net, with the view
of catching the poor dove; but the ant,
perceiving his object, bit his heel, and the
man in his alarm let fall the net. The dove
then saw how great a danger she had
escaped, and thanking the ant, flew away.



22.-TAKE WARNING BY OTHERS'
MISFORTUNES.

THE errors and misfortunes of other people
will always be regarded by the prudent as
lessons for their own instruction.
Once upon a time, the lion met with an
ass and a fox, and proposed that they should
go out hunting together. They captured a
very considerable amount of booty, and the
chase being over, retired to a grotto that it
might be divided among them. The lion


THERE'S NO JOY WITHOUT ALLOY,-NO ROSE WITHOUT A THORN.


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JUDICIOUS MAXIMS OUGHT TO BE KEPT IN VIEW.


KEY TO THE FABLES.


requested the ass to undertake the task of
division; and he, carefully separating the
spoil into three equal portions, requested his
companions to take their choice. But the
lion declared the division unfair, sprang upon
the ass, and tore him to pieces. "Now,"
said he to the fox, be good enough to divide


the whole between me and yourself." The
fox immediately handed over the spoil to
the lion, keeping back only a very small
portion. "Ha, ha," said the king of beasts,
"I see you understand how to act fairly."
"Yes," replied the fox; "I was taught a
lesson by the fate of the ass."


ALL'S WELL THAT BEGINS AND ENDS WELL.


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