Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Title Page
 The daw in borrowed feathers
 The sun and the wind
 The dog in the manger
 Mercury and the woodman
 The fox and the stork
 The ants and the grasshopper
 The lion and the mouse
 The crow and the pitcher
 The frogs asking for a king
 The fox and the grapes
 The wolf and the lamb
 The fox and the crow
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

Group Title: Banbury Cross series
Title: Aesop's fables
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082972/00001
 Material Information
Title: Aesop's fables
Series Title: Banbury Cross series
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 15 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Aesop
Rhys, Grace Little, 1865-1929
Bell, Robert Anning, 1863-1933 ( Engraver )
Robinson, Charles ( Illustrator )
J. M. Dent & Co ( Publisher )
Turnbull & Spears ( Printer )
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co.
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Turnbull and Spears
Publication Date: 1895
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1895   ( lcsh )
Fables -- 1895   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1895
Genre: Children's stories
Fables   ( rbgenr )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
Statement of Responsibility: illustrated by Charles Robinson.
General Note: "Banbury cross series. Prepared for children by Grace Rhys"--half title.
General Note: Pictorial endpapers signed R.A.B., i.e. Robert Anning Bell.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00082972
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002222946
notis - ALG3193
oclc - 04942292

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Half Title
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Title Page
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    The daw in borrowed feathers
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    The sun and the wind
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
    The dog in the manger
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
    Mercury and the woodman
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    The fox and the stork
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
    The ants and the grasshopper
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
    The lion and the mouse
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
    The crow and the pitcher
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
    The frogs asking for a king
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
    The fox and the grapes
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
    The wolf and the lamb
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
    The fox and the crow
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
    Back Matter
        Page 61
        Page 62
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
Full Text

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To Enid.

ENID, this is 1Esop's house,
And the cover is the door;
When the rains of winter pour,
Then the Lion and the Mouse,
And the Frogs that asked a king,
And all the Beasts with curious features,
That talk just like us human creatures,
Open it, and ask you in!
G. R.

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A CONCEITED jackdaw was vain
enough to imagine that he wanted
nothing but the coloured plumes to make
him as beautiful a bird as the Peacock.
Puffed up with this wise conceit, he
dressed himself with a quantity of their
finest feathers, and in this borrowed garb,
leaving his old companions, tried to pass
for a peacock; but he no sooner at-
tempted to stray with these splendid
birds, than an affected strut betrayed
the sham. The offended peacocks fell
upon him with their beaks, and soon
stripped him of his finery. Having
turned him again into a mere jackdaw,
they drove him back to his brethren,

But they, remembering what airs he had
once given himself, would not permit
him to flock with them again, and treated
him with well-deserved contempt.


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A DISPUTE once arose between the
Sun and the Wind, which was the
stronger of the two, and they agreed
to count this as proof, that whichever
soonest made a traveller take off his
cloak, should be held the most powerful.
The wind began, and blew with all his
might and main a blast, cold and fierce
as a winter storm; but the stronger he
blew, the closer the traveller wrapped
his cloak about him, and the tighter he
grasped it with his hands. Then broke
out the sun: with his welcome beams
he chased away the vapour and the cold;
the traveller felt the pleasant warmth,
and as the sun shone brighter and
brighter, he sat down, overcome by the
heat, and cast aside the cloak that all
the blustering rage of the wind could

not compel him to lay down. "Learn
from this," said the sun to the wind,
"that soft and gentle means will often
bring about, what force and fury never

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ADOG made his bed in a manger, and
lay snarling and growling to keep
the horses from their provender. See,"
said one of them, "what a miserable
cur! who neither can eat corn himself,
nor will allow those to eat it who can."


A WOODMAN was felling a tree
on the bank of a river; and by
chance let his axe slip from his hand,
which dropped into the water and im-
mediately sank to the bottom. Being
therefore in great distress, he sat down
by the side of the stream and bewailed
his loss. Upon this, Mercury, whose
river it was, had compassion on him,
and appearing before him asked the
cause of his sorrow. On hearing it,
he dived to the bottom of the river,
and coming up again, showed the man a
golden hatchet, and asked if that were
his. He said that it was not. Then
Mercury dived a second time, and
brought up a silver one. The wood-
man refused it, saying again that this
was not his. So he dived a third time,

and brought up the very axe that had
been lost.
"That is mine !" said the Wood-
man, delighted to have his own again.
Mercury was so pleased with his honesty
that he made him a present of the
other two, as a reward, for his just
The man goes to his companions,
and giving them an account of what
had happened to him, one of them
determined to try whether he might
not have the like good fortune. So
he went presently to the river's side
and let his axe fall on purpose into
the stream. Then he sat down on the
bank and made a great show of weep-
ing. Mercury appeared as before, and
diving, brought up a golden axe. When
he asked if that were the one that
was lost, "Aye, surely !" said the
man, and snatched at it greedily. But

Mercury, to punish his impudence and
lying, not only refused to give him
that, but would not so much as let
him have his own axe again.

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A FOX one day invited a Stork to
dinner, and being disposed to
divert himself at the expense of his
guest, provided nothing for dinner but
some thin soup in a shallow dish. This
the Fox lapped up very readily, while
the Stork, unable to gain a mouthful
with her long narrow bill, was as
hungry at the end of dinner as when
she began. The Fox, meanwhile, said
he was very sorry to see her eat so
sparingly, and hoped that the dish was
seasoned to her mind. The Stork, see-
ing that she was played upon, took no
notice of it, but pretended to enjoy
herself extremely; and at parting begged
the Fox to return the visit. So he agreed
to dine with her the next day. He
arrived in good time, and dinner was

ordered forthwith; but when it was
served up, he found to his dismay, that
it was nothing but minced meat in a
tall, narrow-necked jar. Down this the
Stork easily thrust her long neck and
bill, while the Fox had to content him-
self with licking the outside of the jar.
" I am very glad," said the Stork, "that
you seem to have so good an appetite;
and I hope you will make as hearty a
dinner at my table as I did the other
day at yours." At this the Fox hung
down his head and showed his teeth-
"Nay, nay," said the Stork, "don't
pretend to be out of humour about the
matter; they that cannot take a jest
should never make one."

ON a cold frosty day in winter, the
Ants were dragging out some of
the corn which they had laid up in
summer-time, so as to air it. The Grass-
hopper, half-starved with hunger, begged
the ants to give him a morsel of it to save
his life. "Nay," said they, "but you
should have worked in the summer, and
you would not have wanted in winter."

"Well," says the Grasshopper, "but
I was not idle either, for I sung out the
whole season! Nay, then," said the
Ants, "you'll do well to make a merry
year of it, and dance in winter to the tune
that you sung in summer."


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A LION was sleeping in his lair, when
a Mouse, not looking where he was
going, ran over the mighty beast's nose
and awakened him. The Lion clapped
his paw on the frightened little creature,
and was about to make an end of him in
a moment, when the Mouse, in pitiable
tone, begged him to spare one who had
done him wrong without being aware.
The Lion looking kindly on his little
prisoner's fright, generously let him go.
Now it happened, no long time after, that
the Lion, while ranging the woods for his
prey, fell into the toils of the hunters;
and finding himself entangled without
hope of escape, set up a roar that filled
the whole forest with its echo. The
Mouse, quickly recognizing the Lion's
voice, ran to the spot, and without more

ado set to work to nibble the knot in the
cord that bound him, and in a short time,
set him free ; thus showing him that kind-
ness is seldom thrown away, and that there
is no creature so much below another but
that he may have it in his power to return
a good deed.

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A CROW, ready to die with thirst,
flew with joy to a Pitcher, which
he saw at a distance. But when he
came up to it, he found the water so low
that with all his stooping and straining he
was unable to reach it. Thereupon he
tried to break the Pitcher; then to
overturn it; but his strength was not
sufficient to do either. At last, seeing
some small pebbles lie near the place, he
cast them one by one into the Pitcher;
and thus, by degrees, raised the water up
to the very brim, and quenched his thirst.


LONG ago, when the Frogs were all
at liberty in the lakes, and had
grown quite weary of following every
one his own devices, they assembled one
day together and with a great clamour
petitioned Jupiter to let them have a king
to keep them in better order and make
them lead honester lives. Jupiter,
knowing their foolishness, smiled at their
request, and threw down a log into the
lake, which by the huge splash and com-
motion it made, sent the whole nation of
Frogs into the greatest terror and amaze-
ment. They rushed under the water and
into the mud, and dared not come within a
leap's-length of the spot where it lay. At
length one Frog bolder than the rest
ventured to pop his head above the water,
and take a look at their new king from a

respectful distance.
Presently when they
saw the log lie stock-
still, others began to
swim up to it and
around it, till by de-
grees growing bolder
and bolder, they at last
leaped upon it and
treated it with the
greatest contempt. Full
of disgust for so tame
a ruler, they carried a
petition a second time
to Jupiter for another
and more active King.
Upon which he sent
them a stork, who had
no sooner come among
them, than he began
laying hold of them,
and devouring them
one by one as fast as

he could, and it was in vain that they
tried to escape him. Then they sent
Mercury with a private message to
Jupiter, begging him to take pity on them
once more; but Jupiter replied that they
were only suffering the punishment due
to their folly, and that another time they
would learn to let well alone, and not be
dissatisfied with their natural state.





A FOX, very hungry, chanced to come
into a vineyard, where there hung
many bunches of charming ripe grapes;
but nailed up to a trellis so high, that he
leaped till he quite tired himself without
being able to reach one of them. At
last, "Let who will take them!" says
he; "they are but green and sour; so
I'll even let them alone."



AS a Wolf was lapping at the head of
a running brook, he spied a stray
Lamb paddling, at some distance down
the stream. Having made up his mind
to make his dinner off her, he bethought
himself how he might begin the quarrel.
"Wretch," said he to her, "how dare
you muddle the water that I am drink-
ing ?" "Indeed," said the Lamb humbly,
"I do not see how I can disturb the
water, since it runs from you to me, not
from me to you." Be that as it may,"
replied the Wolf, "it was but a year
ago that you called me many ill names."
"Oh, sir," said the Lamb trembling, "a
year ago I was not born." "No matter,
it was your father then, or some of your
relations," and immediately seizing the
innocent Lamb, he tore her to pieces.


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The Fox and
the Crow.

A CROW had snatched
a piece of cheese
out of a cottage window,
and flew up with it into a
high tree, that she might
eat it at her ease. A Fox
having spied her came and
sat underneath and began
to pay the Crow compli-
ments on her beauty.
"Why," said he, "I
never saw it before, but
your feathers are of a
more delicate white than
any that ever I saw in my
life! Ah! what a fine
shape and graceful neck
is there And I have no
doubt but you have a
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tolerable voice. If it is but as fine as
your complexion, I do not know a bird
that can match you."
The Crow, tickled with this very civil
language, nestled and wriggled about,
and hardly knew where she was. But
thinking the Fox a little doubtful as to
the quality of her voice, and having a
mind to set him right in the matter, she
began to sing, and in the same instant,
down dropped the cheese; which the
Fox presently chopped up, and then bade
her remember that whatever he had said
of her beauty, he had spoken nothing yet
of her brains.





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