The cage bird and the bat
A bird was confined in a cage outside a window.She often sang at night when all other birds were asleep.
One night a bat came.He asked the bird why she was silent by day and sang onlyat night.The bird answered,“Last year when I was singing in the daytime,a bird catcher heard my voice and caught me in his net.Since then I have never sung by day.” The bat replied,"But it is useless to do this now that you have become a prisoner." Then he flew away.
The wolf in sheep's clothing
A wolf wanted to eat the sheep,but he was afraid of the vigilant shepherd and his dogs.
One day the wolf found the skin of a sheep.He put it on and walked among the sheep.
A lamb thought that the wolf was its mother because his skin looked like hers.So it followed the wolf.
Soon after they had left the dogs,the wolf came at the lamb and ate it up.For some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep,and enjoying hearty meals.
The horse and the ass
A horse and an ass were traveling together.The horse was prancing along in its beautiful trappings,but the ass was carrying the heavy weight in its saddlebags.
"I wish I were you," sighed the ass."You have nothing to do,and wear such a beautiful harness."
The next day there was a great battle.The horse was badly woundedin the final charge.
The ass passed and saw the dying horse."I was wrong," said the ass."Safety is much more important than beautiful clothes."
The Farmer and the Snake
ONE WINTER a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold.He had compassion on it,and taking it up,placed it in his bosom.The Snake was quickly revived by the warmth,and resuming its natural instincts,bit its benefactor,inflicting on him a mortal wound.
"Oh," cried the Farmer with his last breath,"I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel." The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful .