[Read more…] about The Man, The Boy, and The Donkey
A man tries to take the advice of many different people regarding his donkey and ends up with the worst of the deal.
Please all, and you will please none.
[Read more…] about The Ass and The Fox
A fox chided an ass who took it in stride allowing that each had their own foibles, including the fox.
Two donkeys talk about what they have seen and conclude they are better than man. It could be true.
‘TWAS in a shady, cool, retreat,
Two friendly donkeys chanced to meet,
Who, resting from a tedious walk,
Laid down, and soon began to talk.
“Well met,” said one,—”good morning, brother!”
“Aha! good morning,” said the other;
—”A cloudy day—shall we have thunder?”
“Sir,” said his friend, “I should not wonder;
The cattle seem for shelter going,
The sheep are bleating, cows are lowing,
The frogs are croaking, geese are wheezing,
Pigs are grunting, cats are sneezing,
And as for me, I’m well aware,
There must be something in the air;
For I’ve got such a cold to-day,
And am so hoarse, I can scarce bray.”
“Well,” said the other, “who’d have thought it;
Surely this south-west wind has brought it;
For I’ve a cold, but I suppose
Mine must have settled in my nose;
For I’ve entirely lost my smell,
Although I bray exceeding well.”
“Ah!” said his friend, “beyond dispute,
A donkey’s nerves are more acute
Than those of men, who ne’er foresee
A thunder-storm so soon as we;
And don’t you think although we’re asses,
Our sense and reason their’s [sic] surpasses?”
“Why don’t you know,” his friend replied,
“Our reason is by them denied;
When told of brute’s sagacity,
They have the strange audacity
To say ’tis instinct, and maintain
We’ve nothing else to guide our brain!
Yet brutes do nothing half so silly
As I’ve seen done by Master Billy;
I’ve known him go and tie the grass,
Across the way where people pass;
Or push his play-mates in the dirt,
Not caring much if they were hurt.
This the sole object of his labours,
To please himself and plague his neighbours.
‘Twas not ten days ago I think,
As I was stooping down to drink,
His sense and reason to discover,
He needs must turn the water over;
Now was this wise or was it not?
Pray was it reason, sense, or what?
If it was reason, there’s no doubt
‘Tis better far to be without;
And if ’twas instinct, then I say,
We have a better sort than they;
But I’m convinced these actions shew
That they have neither of the two.”
[Read more…] about 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.
[Read more…] about The Lion, The Fox, and The Ass
A lion hunted with others. When it came time to divide the spoils the lion killed those who attempted to divide thing evenly. The fox learned and lived.
Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others.
[Read more…] about The Ass and The Mule
An ass was overloaded and asked for help. No help was forthcoming and the ass died. The other animal then had to carry the whole load.
Help one another.