THE LITTLE HORSE AND ITS KIND MASTER
HERE was once a man of Gotham who started for market
with two bushels of wheat, and the wheat was in a bag
laid across his horse's back, and the man sat just
behind the bag. But he had not gone far when another
man of Gotham called to him from a wayside field and
said, "Your horse is small, neighbor, for so much of a
load. Why do you not walk and lead it?"
"That is what I would do," replied the first man; "but
my foot is lame and I cannot walk very well."
"Then if you must ride," said the other, "I think you
might take the bag of wheat on your shoulder so the
horse would not have to carry that, too."
"Why, so I could," said the first man; and he hoisted
the bag of wheat to his shoulder and there he carried
it all the way to market.
 "Ah," said he, when he reached his destination,
"how my little horse does pant and sweat! I did well to
share the work with it, for I see clearly that the
horse has had burden enough carrying me without having
also to carry this heavy bag of wheat."
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