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,…

“JILL AND JOAN” (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Two bright young women, nothing meek, Rode up on bicycles and propped Their wheels in such wise that they dropped To bring the parson’s son to aid. Their cycling suits were tailor-made, Smart, mannish, pert, but feminine. The colour and the zest of wine Were in their presence and their bearing; Like spring, they brought…

The Raven and the Swan (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan’s splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the lakes and…

THE PARSON (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

And with him came the stock which grew him— The parson and his sporting wife, She was a stout one, full of life With red, quick, kindly, manly face. She held the knave, queen, king, and ace In every hand she played with men. She was no sister to the hen, But fierce and minded…