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Aesop. Fables Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia LibraryAesop Editor George Fyler TownsendThe Wolf and the LambThe Bat and the WeaselsThe Ass and the GrasshopperThe Lion and the MouseThe Charcoal-Burner and the FullerThe Father and His SonsThe Boy Hunting LocustsThe Cock and the JewelThe Kingdom of the LionThe Wolf and the CraneThe Fisherman PipingHercules and the WagonerThe Ants and the GrasshopperThe Traveler and His DogThe Dog and the ShadowThe Mole and His MotherThe Herdsman and the Lost BullThe Hare and the TortoiseThe Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and BrambleThe Farmer and the StorkThe Farmer and the SnakeThe Fawn and His MotherThe Bear and the FoxThe Swallow and the CrowThe Mountain in LaborThe Ass, the Fox, and the LionThe Tortoise and the EagleThe Flies and the Honey-PotThe Man and the LionThe Farmer and the CranesThe Dog in the MangerThe Fox and the GoatThe Bear and the Two TravelersThe Oxen and the Axle-TreesThe Thirsty PigeonThe Raven and the SwanThe Goat and the GoatherdThe MiserThe Sick LionThe Horse and GroomThe Ass and the LapdogThe LionessThe Boasting TravelerThe Cat and the CockThe Piglet, the Sheep, and the GoatThe Boy and the FilbertsThe Lion in LoveThe Laborer and the SnakeThe Wolf in Sheep's ClothingThe Ass and the MuleThe Frogs Asking for a KingThe Boys and the FrogsThe Sick StagThe Salt Merchant and His AssThe Oxen and the ButchersThe Lion, the Mouse, and the FoxThe Vain JackdawThe Goatherd and the Wild GoatsThe Mischievous DogThe Fox Who Had Lost His TailThe Boy and the NettlesThe Man and His Two SweetheartsThe AstronomerThe Wolves and the SheepThe Old Woman and the PhysicianThe Fighting Cocks and the EagleThe Charger and the MillerThe Fox and the MonkeyThe Horse and His RiderThe Belly and the MembersThe Vine and the GoatJupiter and the MonkeyThe Widow and Her Little MaidensThe Shepherd's Boy and the WolfThe Cat and the BirdsThe Kid and the WolfThe Ox and the FrogThe Shepherd and the WolfThe Father and His Two DaughtersThe Farmer and His SonsThe Crab and Its MotherThe Heifer and the OxThe Swallow, the Serpent, and the Court of JusticeThe Thief and His MotherThe Old Man and DeathThe Fir-Tree and the BrambleThe Mouse, the Frog, and the HawkThe Man Bitten by a DogThe Two PotsThe Wolf and the SheepThe AethiopThe Fisherman and His NetsThe Huntsman and the FishermanThe Old Woman and the Wine-JarThe Fox and the CrowThe Two DogsThe Stag in the Ox-StallThe Hawk, the Kite, and the PigeonsThe Widow and the SheepThe Wild Ass and the LionThe Eagle and the ArrowThe Sick KiteThe Lion and the DolphinThe Lion and the BoarThe One-Eyed DoeThe Shepherd and the SeaThe Ass, the Cock, and the LionThe Mice and the WeaselsThe Mice in CouncilThe Wolf and the HousedogThe Rivers and the SeaThe Playful AssThe Three TradesmenThe Master and His DogsThe Wolf and the ShepherdsThe Dolphins, the Whales, and the SpratThe Ass Carrying the ImageThe Two Travelers and the AxeThe Old LionThe Old HoundThe Bee and JupiterThe Milk-Woman and Her PailThe Seaside TravelersThe Brazier and His DogThe Ass and His ShadowThe Ass and His MastersThe Oak and the ReedsThe Fisherman and the Little FishThe Hunter and the WoodmanThe Wild Boar and the FoxThe Lion in a FarmyardMercury and the SculptorThe Swan and the GooseThe Swollen FoxThe Fox and the WoodcutterThe Birdcatcher, the Partridge, and the CockThe Monkey and the FishermenThe Flea and the WrestlerThe Two FrogsThe Cat and the MiceThe Lion, the Bear, and the FoxThe Doe and the LionThe Farmer and the FoxThe Seagull and the KiteThe Philosopher, the Ants, and MercuryThe Mouse and the BullThe Lion and the HareThe Peasant and the EagleThe Image of Mercury and the CarpenterThe Bull and the GoatThe Dancing MonkeysThe Fox and the LeopardThe Monkeys and Their MotherThe Oaks and JupiterThe Hare and the HoundThe Traveler and FortuneThe Bald KnightThe Shepherd and the DogThe LampThe Lion, the Fox, and the AssThe Bull, the Lioness, and the Wild-Boar HunterThe Oak and the WoodcuttersThe Hen and the Golden EggsThe Ass and the FrogsThe Crow and the RavenThe Trees and the AxeThe Crab and the FoxThe Woman and Her HenThe Ass and the Old ShepherdThe Kites and the SwansThe Wolves and the SheepdogsThe Hares and the FoxesThe Bowman and LionThe CamelThe Wasp and the SnakeThe Dog and the HareThe Bull and the CalfThe Stag, the Wolf, and the SheepThe Peacock and the CraneThe Fox and the HedgehogThe Eagle, the Cat, and the Wild SowThe Thief and the InnkeeperThe MuleThe Hart and the VineThe Serpent and the EagleThe Crow and the PitcherThe Two FrogsThe Wolf and the FoxThe Walnut-TreeThe Gnat and the LionThe Monkey and the DolphinThe Jackdaw and the DovesThe Horse and the StagThe Kid and the WolfThe ProphetThe Fox and the MonkeyThe Thief and the HousedogThe Man, the Horse, the Ox, and the DogThe Apes and the Two TravelersThe Wolf and the ShepherdThe Hares and the LionsThe Lark and Her Young OnesThe Fox and the LionThe Weasel and the MiceThe Boy BathingThe Ass and the WolfThe Seller of ImagesThe Fox and the GrapesThe Man and His WifeThe Peacock and JunoThe Hawk and the NightingaleThe Dog, the Cock, and the FoxThe Wolf and the GoatThe Lion and the BullThe Goat and the AssThe Town Mouse and the Country MouseThe Wolf, the Fox, and the ApeThe Fly and the Draught-MuleThe FishermenThe Lion and the Three BullsThe Fowler and the ViperThe Horse and the AssThe Fox and the MaskThe Geese and the CranesThe Blind Man and the WhelpThe Dogs and the FoxThe Cobbler Turned DoctorThe Wolf and the HorseThe Brother and the SisterThe Wasps, the Partridges, and the FarmerThe Crow and MercuryThe North Wind and the SunThe Two Men Who Were EnemiesThe Gamecocks and the PartridgeThe Quack FrogThe Lion, the Wolf, and the FoxThe Dog's HouseThe Wolf and the LionThe Birds, the Beasts, and the BatThe Spendthrift and the SwallowThe Fox and the LionThe Owl and the BirdsThe Trumpeter Taken PrisonerThe Ass in the Lion's SkinThe Sparrow and the HareThe Flea and the OxThe Goods and the IllsThe Dove and the CrowMercury and the WorkmenThe Eagle and the JackdawThe Fox and the CraneJupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and MomusThe Eagle and the FoxThe Man and the SatyrThe Ass and His PurchaserThe Two BagsThe Stag at the PoolThe Jackdaw and the FoxThe Lark Burying Her FatherThe Gnat and the BullThe Bitch and Her WhelpsThe Dogs and the HidesThe Shepherd and the SheepThe Grasshopper and the OwlThe Monkey and the CamelThe Peasant and the Apple-TreeThe Two Soldiers and the RobberThe Trees Under the Protection of the GodsThe Mother and the WolfThe Ass and the HorseTruth and the TravelerThe ManslayerThe Lion and the FoxThe Lion and the EagleThe Hen and the SwallowThe Buffoon and the CountrymanThe Crow and the SerpentThe Hunter and the HorsemanThe King's Son and the Painted LionThe Cat and VenusThe She-Goats and Their BeardsThe Camel and the ArabThe Miller, His Son, and Their AssThe Crow and the SheepThe Fox and the BrambleThe Wolf and the LionThe Dog and the OysterThe Ant and the DoveThe Partridge and the FowlerThe Flea and the ManThe Thieves and the CockThe Dog and the CookThe Travelers and the Plane-TreeThe Hares and the FrogsThe Lion, Jupiter, and the ElephantThe Lamb and the WolfThe Rich Man and the TannerThe Shipwrecked Man and the SeaThe Mules and the RobbersThe Viper and the FileThe Lion and the ShepherdThe Camel and JupiterThe Panther and the ShepherdsThe Ass and the ChargerThe Eagle and His CaptorThe Bald Man and the FlyThe Olive-Tree and the Fig-TreeThe Eagle and the KiteThe Ass and His DriverThe Thrush and the FowlerThe Rose and the AmaranthThe Frogs' Complaint Against the SunLife of AesopPREFACENOTES10th EditionPublished: 1880-1-The Wolf and the LambWOLF, 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.-2-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.-3-The Ass and the Grasshopper AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, "The dew." The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.-4-The Lion and the Mouse A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness." The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaim "You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know

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