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25 May · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Old Man and the Ass

An old man, riding on his ass, Had found a spot of thrifty grass, And there turned loose his weary beast. Old Grizzle, pleased with such a feast, Flung up his heels, and capered round, Then rolled and rubbed upon the ground, And frisked and browsed and brayed, And many a clean spot made. Armed …

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12 May · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Ant and the Grasshopper

One summer’s day, a merry Grasshopper was dancing, singing and playing his violin with all his heart. He saw an Ant passing by, bearing along with great toil a wheatear to store for the winter. ““Come and sing with me instead of working so hard”, said the Grasshopper “Let’s have fun together.” “I must store …

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27 Apr · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

An Ass once found a Lion’s skin which the hunters had left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and went towards his native village. All fled at his approach, both men and animals, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed, …

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25 Apr · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.” The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.” “That is a good joke,” said the Hare; “I could dance …

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21 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Sun and the Frogs

Rejoicing on their tyrant’s wedding-day, The people drowned their care in drink; While from the general joy did Aesop shrink, And showed its folly in this way. “The sun,” said he, “once took it in his head To have a partner: so he wed. From swamps, and ponds, and marshy bogs, Up rose the wailings …

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21 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Rat Retired from the World

The sage Levantines have a tale About a rat that weary grew Of all the cares which life assail, And to a Holland cheese withdrew. His solitude was there profound, Extending through his world so round. Our hermit lived on that within; And soon his industry had been With claws and teeth so good, That …

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21 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Camel and the Floating Sticks

The first who saw the humpbacked camel Fled off for life; the next approached with care; The third with tyrant rope did boldly dare The desert wanderer to trammel. Such is the power of use to change The face of objects new and strange; Which grow, by looking at, so tame, They do not even …

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21 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Mice and the Owl

A pine was by a woodman felled, Which ancient, huge, and hollow tree An owl had for his palace held A bird the Fates had kept in fee, Interpreter to such as we. Within the caverns of the pine, With other tenants of that mine, Were found full many footless mice, But well provisioned, fat, …

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17 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Wolf Accusing the Fox

A wolf, affirming his belief That he had suffered by a thief, Brought up his neighbor fox Of whom it was by all confessed, His character was not the best To fill the prisoner’s box. As judge between these vermin, A monkey graced the ermine; And truly other gifts of Themis Did scarcely seem his; …

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17 Jan · Grandfather Tales · No Comments

The Thieves and the Ass

Two thieves, pursuing their profession, Had of a donkey got possession, Whereon a strife arose, Which went from words to blows. The question was, to sell, or not to sell; But while our sturdy champions fought it well, Another thief, who chanced to pass, With ready wit rode off the ass. This ass is, by …

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