The Project Gutenberg EBook of Aesop’s Fables, by Aesop

(1) Create an original fable with a clear moral. Please be sure to review the characteristics of fables prior to submitting. Remember that fables typically include talking animals as characters.

AESOP’S FABLES (82 Fables)

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The Cock and the Pearl The Frog and the Ox
The Wolf and the Lamb Androcles
The Dog and the Shadow The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts
The Lion’s Share The Hart and the Hunter
The Wolf and the Crane The Serpent and the File
The Man and the Serpent The Man and the Wood
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Dog and the Wolf
The Fox and the Crow The Belly and the Members
The Sick Lion The Hart in the Ox-Stall
The Ass and the Lapdog The Fox and the Grapes
The Lion and the Mouse The Horse, Hunter, and Stag
The Swallow and the Other Birds The Peacock and Juno
The Frogs Desiring a King The Fox and the Lion
The Mountains in Labour The Lion and the Statue
The Hares and the Frogs The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Wolf and the Kid The Tree and the Reed
The Woodman and the Serpent The Fox and the Cat
The Bald Man and the Fly The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
The Fox and the Stork The Dog in the Manger
The Fox and the Mask The Man and the Wooden God
The Jay and the Peacock The Fisher
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The Shepherd’s Boy The Miser and His Gold
The Young Thief and His Mother The Fox and the Mosquitoes
The Man and His Two Wives The Fox Without a Tail
The Nurse and the Wolf The One-Eyed Doe
The Tortoise and the Birds Belling the Cat
The Two Crabs The Hare and the Tortoise
The Ass in the Lion’s Skin The Old Man and Death
The Two Fellows and the Bear The Hare With Many Friends
The Two Pots The Lion in Love
The Four Oxen and the Lion The Bundle of Sticks
The Fisher and the Little Fish The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts
Avaricious and Envious The Ass’s Brains
The Crow and the Pitcher The Eagle and the Arrow
The Man and the Satyr The Milkmaid and Her Pail
The Goose With the Golden Eggs The Cat-Maiden
The Labourer and the Nightingale The Horse and the Ass
The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
The Wind and the Sun The Buffoon and the Countryman
Hercules and the Waggoner The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar
The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey The Fox and the Goat
Aesop’s Fables

The Cock and the Pearl

A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shinning amid the straw. “Ho! ho!” quoth he, “that’s for me,” and soon rooted it out from beneath the straw. What did it turn out to be but a Pearl that by some chance had been lost in the yard? “You may be a treasure,” quoth Master Cock, “to men that prize you, but for me I would rather have a single barley-corn than a peck of pearls.”