The Dog and The Shadow

A dog carrying food crossed a bridge and sees its reflection. Wanting the reflection’s food the dog drops his. Ooops. If you covet all, you may lose all.

A Jackdaw and Peacock Feathers

A fine bird is more than fine feathers. A Jackdaw tried to make itself look pretty using peacock feathers. It had to flee when found out. What a rout. A fine bird is more than fine feathers

The Frogs Pick a King

Frogs prayed for a king but got a log. Prayed again and got a stork who started to have a feast on them. People are never satisfied.

The Cock and The Jewel

A Cock (Rooster) looks for food but finds a jewel and throws it aside as unwanted. Precious things are for those who prize them.

The Wolf and The Lamb

Tyrants need no excuse. A Wolf catches a Lamb by a river and argues to justify killing it. Doesn’t matter as the Wolf needs no excuse. Tyrants need no excuse.

Croxall Dedication and Preface

Dedication… TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE GEORGE, LORD VISCOUNT SUNBURY, BARON HALIFAX. MY LORD, You must not be surprised at my begging your protection for this little book, when I assure you it was principally intended for your perusal. I had often wished to see something of this kind published by an able hand; and, for […]

The Ass and The Lapdog

An Ass sees a lap Dog fawned over and decides to sit on the master’s lap like the Dog. Bad move as the Ass quickly finds out. Clumsy jesting is no joke.

The Tortoise and The Eagle

A Tortoise wanted to fly and promised riches. An Eagle heard and took the Tortoise for a ride. No reward though so a second ride and sudden drop followed. Never put yourself in your enemy’s clutches.

The Lark and Her Young Ones

A Lark’s young ones wanted to know when to leave the field they were in. The mother said when the owner hires workers instead of trying to do it himself. Self-help is the best help.

The Milkmaid and Her Pail

A Milkmaid went to market with her pail on her head. She was lost in thought about the profits and what she will do with them and tripped. No more milk. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.