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Fable Aesop
The Shepherd And The Sea
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A Shepherd, keeping watch over his sheep near the shore, saw
the Sea very calm and smooth, and longed to make a voyage
with a view to commerce. He sold all his flock, invested in a
cargo of dates, and set sail. But a very great tempest came on,
and the ship being in danger of sinking, he threw all his
merchandise overboard, and barely escaped with his life in the
empty ship. Not long afterwards when someone passed by and
observed the unruffled calm of the Sea, he interrupted him and
said, "It is again in want of dates, and therefore looks quiet."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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