The Sick Lion (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

A LION, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his…

Phakir Chand (Folk-Tales of Bengal, 1912) by Rev. Lal Behari Day

There was a king’s son, and there was a minister’s son. They loved each other dearly; they sat together, they stood up together, they walked together, they ate together, they slept together, they got up together. In this way they spent many years in each other’s company, till they both felt a desire to see…

The Miser (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

A MISER sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at daily. One of his workmen observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon discovered…

PERSEVERE AND PROSPER (FAIRY TALES FROM ALL NATIONS) by Dr. G. Weil

He that seeketh shall find, and to him that knocketh shall be opened,” says an old Arab proverb. “I will try that,” said a youth one day. To carry out his intentions he journeyed to Bagdad, where he presented himself before the Vizier. “Lord!” said he, “for many years I have lived a quiet and…

The Goat and the Goatherd (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

A GOATHERD had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons. At last the Goatherd threw a stone, and breaking its horn, begged the Goat not to tell his master. The Goat replied, “Why, you silly fellow,…