Aesop, according to the best accounts, was a native of Phrygia, a province of the Lesser Asia, and born in the city Cotiæum. He was a person of a remarkable genius, and extraordinary character; for though he was born a slave, by the assistance of his genius and virtue, he procured his own emancipation.
Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He had little enough to break or bite; and once, when there was a great famine in the land, he could not procure even his daily bread
A Miller and his Son were driving their donkey to market, in order to sell him: and that he might get thither fresh and in good condition, they drove him on gently before them. They had not proceeded far, when they met a company of travellers.
A fisherman in the month of May stood angling on the banks of the Thames with an artificial fly. He threw his bait with so much art, that a young Trout was rushing towards it, when she was prevented by her mother.
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