The Seaside Travelers

: Aesop's Fables

SOME TRAVELERS, journeying along the seashore, climbed to the

summit of a tall cliff, and looking over the sea, saw in the

distance what they thought was a large ship. They waited in the

hope of seeing it enter the harbor, but as the object on which

they looked was driven nearer to shore by the wind, they found

that it could at the most be a small boat, and not a ship. When

however it reached the beach, they discovered that it was only a

large faggot of sticks, and one of them said to his companions,

"We have waited for no purpose, for after all there is nothing to

see but a load of wood."

Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.