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 […]

Jefferys Taylor

Jefferys Taylor (1792–1853) (often incorrectly cited as Jeffery) is the author of Harry’s Holiday or The Doings of One Who had Nothing to Do, The Little Historians (3 volumes), and Ralph Richards, the Miser in addition to Aesop in Rhyme, with some originals and more. His writings date from the 1820s and were geared toward […]

Aesop and The Poultry

Neighbors watched Aesop examine a group of poultry in a yard. He observed to them that mankind was often no better: crowing and poorly scratching. Mankind is often no better than animals.

The Man and The Stone

Aesop reported one person at the bath after seeing one man move a Stone others were tripping over. Master found others. Aesop said others were not men. A true man helps others.

The Tongues

Aesop served Tongues as both best and worst meats over two meals. The guests were enchanted by his explanation and insisted the host not punish him. Cleverness can get out out of trouble.

Aesop and His Fellow Servants

Aesop and fellow servants readied for a trip. Aesop took the heaviest load: bread. Over time the bread was eaten and Aesop’s load reduced. Smart! Be smart in how you select jobs.

Aesop at Play

Aesop was chided for relaxing and playing with children. His response in today’s language was simple…. Lighten up.

JBR 1874 Editor’s Collection

The fables marked with the symbol to the right represent 1874 versions collected by the un-named editor J.B.R. who’s Preface is reproduced below. Editor’s Preface “‘Twas the Golden Age, when every brute Had voice articulate, in speech was skilled, And tongues of rock and pine-leaf then were free; To ship and sailor then would speak […]

The Rivers and The Sea

Three Rivers started to accuse the Sea of turning their water salty and unfit. The Sea cut them off saying all they had to do was stop flowing. Hah! Do not blame others.

G.K. Chesterton Introduction

The fables marked with the symbol to the right represent 1912 translations by V.S. Vernon Jones with an Introduction by G.K. Chesterton reproduced below. G.K. Chesterton Introduction Æsop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the […]