The Frogs and The Well
Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them.
By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, ‘This looks a nice cool place: let us jump in and settle here.’
But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, ‘Not so fast, my friend:
supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?’
“Think before you act.”
The Young Thief and His Mother
A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft and had been condemned to be executed for it.
He expressed his desire to see his Mother, and to speak with her before hewas led to execution, and of course this was granted.
When his Mother came to him he said: ‘I want to whisper to you,’ and when she brought her ear near him, he nearly bit it off.
All the bystanders were horrified, and asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct.
‘It is to punish her,’ he said.
‘When I was young I began with stealing little things, and brought them home to Mother.
Instead of rebuking and punishing me, she laughed and said: ‘It will not be noticed.’
It is because of her that I am here today.
‘He is right, woman,’ said the Priest; ‘the Lord hath said:
‘Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart therefrom.’
The Woodman and the Serpent
One wintry day, a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something black lying on the snow.
When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent to all appearance dead.
But he took it up and put it in his bosom to warm while he hurried home.
As soon as he got indoors he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire.
The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again.
Then one of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death.
So the Woodman seized his axe, and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two. ‘Ah,’ said he.
‘No gratitude from the wicked.’