THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
A hungry Wolf one day saw a Lamb drinking at a stream, and wished to frame some plausible excuse for making him his prey. " What do you mean by muddling the water I am going to drink?" fiercely said he to the Lamb. " Pray forgive me," meekly answered the Lamb ; "I should be sorry in any way to displease you, but as the stream runs from you towards me, you will see that such cannot be the case." " That's all very well," said the Wolf; "but you know you spoke ill of me behind my back a year ago." " Nay, believe me," replied the Lamb, " I was not then born." " It must have been your brother then," growled the Wolf. " It cannot have been, for I never had nny," answered the Lamb. " I know it was one of your lot," rejoined the Wolf, " so make no more such idle excuses." He then seized the poor Lamb, carried him off to the woods, and ate him.