- The Grasshopper and the Ant
- The Raven and the Fox
- The Frog That Wished to Be As Big As the Ox
- The Two Mules
- The Wolf and the Dog
- The Heifer, the Goat, and the Sheep, In Company With The Lion
- The Wallet
- The Swallow and the Little Birds
- The City Rat and the Country Rat
- The Wolf and the Lamb
- The Man and his Image
- The Dragon With Many Heads, and the Dragon With Many Tails
- The Thieves and the Ass
- Simonides Preserved By The Gods
- Death and the Unfortunate
- Death and the Woodman
- The Man Between Two Ages, And His Two Mistresses
- The Fox and the Stork
- The Boy and the Schoolmaster
- The Cock and the Pearl
- The Hornets and the Bees
- The Oak and the Reed
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That innocence is not a shield,
A story teaches, not the longest.
The strongest reasons always yield
To reasons of the strongest.
A lamb her thirst was slaking,
Once, at a mountain rill.
A hungry wolf was taking
His hunt for sheep to kill,
When, spying on the streamlet’s brink
This sheep of tender age,
He howled in tones of rage,
“How dare you roil my drink?
Your impudence I shall chastise!”
“Let not your majesty,” the lamb replies,
“Decide in haste or passion!
For sure It’s difficult to think
In what respect or fashion
My drinking here could roil your drink,
Since on the stream your majesty now faces
I’m lower down, full twenty paces.”
“You roil it,” said the wolf; “and, more, I know
You cursed and slandered me a year ago.”
“O no! how could I such a thing have done!
A lamb that has not seen a year,
A suckling of its mother dear?”
“Your brother then.” “But brother I have none.”
“Well, well, what’s all the same,
It was some one of your name.
Sheep, men, and dogs of every nation,
Are wont to stab my reputation,
As I have truly heard.”
Without another word,
He made his vengeance good—
Bore off the lambkin to the wood,
And there, without a jury,
Judged, slew, and ate her in his fury.