The Fox And The Hen

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A hungry Fox, spying a fine fat Hen, made up his mind to eat her. But as

he was about to spring upon her he heard a great noise, and looking up,

saw a drum hanging upon a tree. As the wind blew, the branches beat upon

the drum.

"Ah!" said he. "A thing that can make so much noise must certainly have

more flesh upon it than a miserable hen."

So, allowing the Hen to escape, he sprang upon the drum; but when he

tore the parchment head open he found that there was nothing inside.

"Wretched being that I am," said he. "I have missed a dainty meal for

nothing at all."

By being too greedy we may miss everything that is worth having.