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The One-eyed Doe The One-eyed Doe

The One-eyed Doe
A Doe, blind of an eye, was accustomed to graze as near to the edge of the sea as she possibly could, to secure greater safety. She turned her eye towards the land, that she might perceive the approach of a hunter or hound, and her injured eye towards the sea, from which she entertained no anticipation of danger. Some boatmen, sailing by, saw her, and, taking a successful aim, mortally wounded her. Said she: "O wretched creature that I am! to take such precaution against the land, and, after all, to find this seashore, to which I had come for... Short Stories - Post by : cdmpro - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 1499

The Wolf And The Lamb The Wolf And The Lamb

The Wolf And The Lamb
A Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea, which should justify to the Lamb himself his right to eat him. He then addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf: "You feed in my pasture." "No, good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf: "You drink of my well." "No," exclaimed the Lamb, "I never yet drank water, for... Short Stories - Post by : desertfox - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 2791

The Bear And The Fox The Bear And The Fox

The Bear And The Fox
A bear boasted very much of his philanthropy, saying "that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man, for he had such respect for him, that he would not even touch his dead body." A Fox hearing these words said with a smile to the Bear: "Oh, that you would eat the dead and not the living!"We should not wait till a person is dead, to give him our respect.(The end)Aesop (author of Aesop's Fables)'s short story: The Bear And The Fox... Short Stories - Post by : wavemaster - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 1001

The Fox And The Mask The Fox And The Mask

The Fox And The Mask
A fox entered the house of an actor, and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it, and said: "What a beautiful head! yet it is of no value, as it entirely wants brains." A fair face is of little use without sense.(The end)Aesop's Fable: The Fox And The Mask... Short Stories - Post by : richard52az - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 1737

The Stag At The Pool The Stag At The Pool

The Stag At The Pool
A stag saw his shadow reflected in the water, and greatly admired the size of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such weak feet. While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion appeared at the pool. The Stag betook himself to flight, and kept himself with ease at a safe distance from the Lion, until he entered a wood and became entangled with his horns. The Lion quickly came up with him and caught him. When too late he thus reproached himself: "Woe is me! How have I deceived myself! These feet which would have saved me I... Short Stories - Post by : mekell - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 3071

The Wolf Turned Shepherd The Wolf Turned Shepherd

The Wolf Turned Shepherd
A wolf, finding that the sheep were so afraid of him that he could not get near them, disguised himself in the dress of a shepherd, and thus attired approached the flock. As he came near, he found the shepherd fast asleep. As the sheep did not run away, he resolved to imitate the voice of the shepherd. In trying to do so, he only howled, and awoke the shepherd. As he could not run away, he was soon killed.Those who attempt to act in disguise are apt to overdo it.(The end)Aesop's Fable: The Wolf Turned Shepherd... Short Stories - Post by : hirini-reedy - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 3475

The Newest Thing In Christmas Carols The Newest Thing In Christmas Carols

The Newest Thing In Christmas Carols
God rest you, merry gentlemen!May nothing you dismay;Not even the dyspeptic platsThrough which you'll eat your way;Nor yet the heavy Christmas billsThe season bids you pay;No, nor the ever tiresome needOf being to order gay;Nor yet the shocking cold you'll catchIf fog and slush hold sway;Nor yet the tumbles you must bearIf frost should win the day;Nor sleepless nights—they're sure to come—When "waits" attune their lay;Nor pantomimes, whose drearinessMight turn macassar gray;Nor boisterous children, home in heaps,And ravenous of play;Nor yet—in fact, the host of illsWhich Christmases array.God rest you, merry gentlemen,May none of these dismay!(The end)Anonymous's poem: The Newest Thing... Poems - Post by : seasoned - Date : October 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 2012

The Knighting Of The Sirloin Of Beef By Charles The Second The Knighting Of The Sirloin Of Beef By Charles The Second

The Knighting Of The Sirloin Of Beef By Charles The Second
The Second Charles of England Rode forth one Christmas tide, To hunt a gallant stag of ten, Of Chingford woods the pride. The winds blew keen, the snow fell fast, And made for earth a pall, As tired steeds and wearied men Returned to Friday Hall. The blazing logs, piled on the dogs, Were pleasant to behold! And grateful was the steaming feast To hungry men and cold. With right good-will all took their fill, And soon each found relief; Whilst Charles his royal trencher piled From one huge loin of beef. Quoth Charles, "Odd's fish! a noble dish! Ay, noble... Poems - Post by : fulva - Date : September 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 1253

Masters In This Hall Masters In This Hall

Masters In This Hall
ANONYMOUS "To Bethlem did they go, the shepherds three; To Bethlem did they go to see whe'r it were so or no, Whether Christ were born or no To set men free." Masters, in this hall, Hear ye news to-day Brought over sea, And ever I you pray. _Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Sing we clear! Holpen are all folk on earth, Born is God's Son so dear._ Going over the hills, Through the milk-white snow, Heard I ewes bleat While the wind did blow. Nowell, &c. Shepherds many an one Sat among the sheep; No man spake more word Than they... Poems - Post by : dawnhall - Date : September 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 3287

The Smoker The Smoker

The Smoker
All dainty meats I do defy Which feed men fat as swine,He is a frugal man indeed That on a leaf can dine!He needs no napkin for his hands, His finger's ends to wipe,That keeps his kitchen in a box, And roast meat in his pipe!The Endpoem by Anonymous: The Smoker... Poems - Post by : winte37703 - Date : May 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 686

To My Nose To My Nose

To My Nose
Knows he that never took a pinch, Nosey! the pleasure thence which flows?Knows he the titillating joy Which my nose knows?Oh, nose! I am as fond of thee As any mountain of its snows!I gaze on thee, and feel that pride A Roman knows!The EndPoem by Anonymous: To my Nose... Poems - Post by : chris26 - Date : May 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 1093

A Sunnit To The Big Ox A Sunnit To The Big Ox

A Sunnit To The Big Ox
(COMPOSED WHILE STANDING WITHIN 2 FEET OF HIM, AND A TUCHIN' OF HIM NOW AND THEN.)All hale! thou mighty annimil--all hale!You are 4 thousand pounds, and am purty welPerporshund, thou tremenjos boveen nuggit!I wonder how big you was wen youWos little, and if yure muther wud no you nowThat you've grone so long, and thick, and phat;Or if yure father would rekognize his ofspringAnd his kaff, thou elefanteen quodrupid!I wonder if it hurts you mutch to be so big,And if you grode it in a month or so.I spose wen you wos young tha didn't ginYou skim milk but all the... Poems - Post by : jabberwocky - Date : May 2010 - Author : Unknown - Read : 3032

The Golden Ingot The Golden Ingot

The Golden Ingot
I had just retired to rest, with my eyes almost blind with the study of a new work on physiology by M. Brown-Sequard, when the night bell was pulled violently.It was winter, and I confess I grumbled as I rose and went downstairs to open the door. Twice that week I had been aroused long after midnight for the most trivial causes. Once, to attend upon the son and heir of a wealthy family, who had cut his thumb with a penknife, which, it seems, he insisted on taking to bed with him; and once, to restore a young... Short Stories - Post by : builder1 - Date : December 2009 - Author : Unknown - Read : 3281

My Wife's Tempter My Wife's Tempter

My Wife's Tempter
IA PREDESTINED MARRIAGEElsie and I were to be married in less than a week. It was rather a strange match, and I knew that some of our neighbors shook their heads over it and said that no good would come. The way it came to pass was thus.I loved Elsie Burns for two years, during which time she refused me three times. I could no more help asking her to have me, when the chance offered, than I could help breathing or living. To love her seemed natural to me as existence. I felt no shame,... Short Stories - Post by : Fexana - Date : December 2009 - Author : Unknown - Read : 853

The Ballad Of Nathan Hale The Ballad Of Nathan Hale

The Ballad Of Nathan Hale
The breezes went steadily through the tall pines, A-saying "oh! hu-ush!" a-saying "oh! hu-ush!" As stilly stole by a bold legion of horse, For Hale in the bush, for Hale in the bush. "Keep still!" said the thrush as she nestled her young, In a nest by the road; in a nest by the road. "For the tyrants are near, and with them appear What bodes us no good,... Poems - Post by : fergalbyrne - Date : October 2009 - Author : Unknown - Read : 2312

Rejoice, Americans, Rejoice! (a Fable) Rejoice, Americans, Rejoice! (a Fable)

Rejoice, Americans, Rejoice! (a Fable)
Rejoice, Americans, rejoice! Praise ye the Lord with heart and voice! The treaty's signed with faithful France, And now, like Frenchmen, sing and dance! But when your joy gives way to reason,... Poems - Post by : robertgator69 - Date : October 2009 - Author : Unknown - Read : 2624