Gateway to the Classics: Fables from Afar by Catherine T. Bryce
Fables from Afar by  Catherine T. Bryce

The Raven

One evening, as some cattle were going home from the meadow, a raven rode on the horns of one of them.

As they entered the farmyard, he called out to the farmer: "Come and take care of your cattle. My work is over for to-day."

"What was your work?" asked the farmer.

"Don't you know?" cried the raven. "I have watched your cattle all day long, and have now brought them home safe in the evening."

"Do you mean to say you have done all this work for me?" asked the farmer.

""To be sure I have," said the raven. Then off he flew.

"Well," said the farmer, as he watched the bird fly out of sight, "how many there are that take credit for things that they have never done!"

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