VI. The Wolf and the Lamb
One day a little lamb was lost 1 in a dark wood.
He ran on and on, but could not find his way out.2
At last he became
frightened and began to bleat.3
A hungry Wolf `4 heard him.
How glad was the wolf to find such a good dinner !
Oh, Mr Wolf !" cried the little lamb, " please show me
way home." 5
Show you the way home! " growled s the wolf. " I am
hungry, and I'm going to eat you."
Oh, please, please, Mr Wolf," begged the frightened lamb, "
please let me go !" " No, no, I'll eat you," growled
the wolf. And he sprang 7 at the lamb, now almost dead with fright.8
Just then the little lamb had a good idea.9
11 Oh, Mr Wolf," said he, "I have heard that you have
fine voice. I love to dance. Will you not sing for me, so that
I may have one more dance 10 before I die? 11 It is not much
to ask." This pleased the wolf, for he was very proud of his
Well," he growled, "a song is good before eating. I often
sing before my dinner. To-day I was too hungry to think of it.
But I will sing just one song. Then I will eat you. Dance for
the last time, now!"
So the wolf sang a song, and the lamb danced his best."
the wolf stopped, the lamb cried, " That was good.
But you did not sing loud enough or fast enough for me. Is that
the best you can do ?"13
No," said the wolf, "I can sing louder and faster than
one in the woods. Listen !" So the wolf sang louder and faster.
And the lamb danced even better than before. But the wolf made
so much noise that the dogs heard it.
They came running into the wood to see what the matter was.14
wolf had to run for his life.15
But the wise little lamb ran safely 16 home to his mother.
I have to go without 17 my dinner," growled the wolf. "I
alone am to blame.l8 I should kill and eat lambs, not sing for
1 It had lost its way. 2 Out of the wood. s Sheep bleat; dogs bark.
4 A savage animal, rather like a big dog. It kills and eats smaller
animals, just as the eagle (a great savage bird) lives on smaller
birds. 5 Or : tell me which is my way home, how I can get home.
s He spoke savabely ; opp. to speak gently, softly, k:ndly. 7 Or
: jumped. s Ur : nearly frightened to death. a See IV. 28. 10 ro.
to dance. 11 a. dead ; s. death. 12 Or: as well as he could.
13 Or : can you not sing better than that4 14 See II. 7 15 The
dogs would have taken his life (would have killed him), if he had
not run away. 18 Without harm : at home the lamb was in safety.
The dogs had saved its life. 17 Or : do without The wolf lost his
dinner, because the dogs had come in time to save the lamb. 18
See V. 18.