| Indian Fables|
|by P. V. Ramaswami Raju|
|An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious. Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion (or, in one or two instances, the tiger) is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth. Ages 7-10 |
THE DOVE AND THE GRASSHOPPER
 ONE day a grasshopper was sporting gaily
in a green meadow. A dove on an adjacent tree saw it,
and, being tempted to
eat it, came down. The grasshopper saw
the object of the dove, but remained where
it was, without moving an inch.
The dove, being surprised at this conduct of his
victim, said, "Hollo! how is it
you are not afraid of me?"
"Because," said the grasshopper, "you
will do me no harm."
This surprised the dove more, and he
said, "How so?"
"I'll tell you how; you love your mate,
do you not? Well, even so, I love mine.
Should a hunter catch you in his net now,
would you not be sorry? So, if you should
seize me, I should be sorry. If he should
let you go, without doing you any harm,
would you not be glad? Well, even so,
I shall be glad if you let me go without
doing me any harm."
These words touched the heart of the
dove, and he let the grasshopper go without
doing him any harm, saying, "As thou
feelest, so do I."
When the good err, tell them so: it helps
them, and helps you too.
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