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Fable Aesop
The Brazier And His Dog
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A Brazier had a little Dog, which was a great favorite with his master,
and his constant companion. While he hammered away at his metals
the Dog slept; but when, on the other hand, he went to dinner and
began to eat, the Dog woke up and wagged his tail, as if he would
ask for a share of his meal. His master one day, pretending to be
angry and shaking his stick at him, said, "You wretched little
sluggard! What shall I do to you? While I am hammering on the
anvil, you sleep on the mat; and when I begin to eat after my toil,
you wake up and wag your tail for food. Do you not know that labor
is the source of every blessing, and that none but those who work
are entitled to eat?'

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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