The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack

The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack

There was once upon a time a tailor who had three sons, and only one goat. But as the goat supported the whole of them with her milk, she was obliged to have good food, and to be taken every day to pasture. The sons, therefore, did this, in turn. Once the eldest took her to the churchyard, where the finest herbs were to be found, and let her eat and run about there. At night when it was time to go home he asked, Goat, hast thou had enough? The goat answered, I have eaten so much, Not a leaf more I'll touch, meh! meh! Come home, then, said the youth, and took hold of the cord round her neck, led her into the stable and tied her up securely. Well, said the old tailor, has the goat had as much food as she ought? - Oh, answered the son, she has eaten so much, not a leaf more she'll touch. But the father wished to satisfy himself, and went down to the stable, stroked the dear animal and asked, Goat, art thou satisfied? The goat answered, Wherewithal should I be satisfied? Among the graves I leapt about, And found no food, so went without, meh! meh! What do I hear? cried the tailor, and ran upstairs and said to the youth, Hollo, thou liar: thou saidest the goat had had enough, and hast l
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