- The Lion in Love
- The Shepherd and the Sea
- The Fly and the Ant
- The Gardener And His Lord
- The Ass and the Little Dog
- The Battle of the Rats and Weasels
- The Monkey and the Dolphin
- The Man and the Wooden God
- The Jay In The Feathers of the Peacock
- The Camel and the Floating Sticks
- The Frog and the Rat
- The Animals Sending Tribute To Alexander
- The Horse Wishing To Be Revenged On The Stag
- The Fox and the Bust
- The Wolf, the Mother, And Her Child
- The Words Of Socrates
- The Old Man And His Sons
- The Oracle and the Atheist
- The Miser Who Had Lost His Treasure
- The Eye of the Master
- The Lark And Her Young Ones With The Owner Of A Field
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That man his Maker can deceive,
Is monstrous folly to believe.
The labyrinthine mazes of the heart
Are open to His eyes in every part.
Whatever one may do, or think, or feel,
From Him no darkness can the thing conceal.
A pagan once, of graceless heart and hollow,
Whose faith in gods, I’m apprehensive,
Was quite as real as expensive.
Consulted, at his shrine, the god Apollo.
“Is what I hold alive, or not?”
Said he,—a sparrow having brought,
Prepared to wring its neck, or let it fly,
As need might be, to give the god the lie.
Apollo saw the trick,
And answered quick,
“Dead or alive, show me your sparrow,
And cease to set for me a trap
Which can but cause yourself mishap.
I see afar, and far I shoot my arrow.”
The Oracle and the Atheist by Jean de La Fontaine Fables in Book 4