Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 41. The Man and the Wooden God (Perry
In the old days men used to worship stocks and stones and idols, and
prayed to them to give them luck. It happened that a Man had often prayed
to a wooden idol he had received from his father, but his luck never seemed
to change. He prayed and he prayed, but still he remained as unlucky as
ever. One day in the greatest rage he went to the Wooden God, and with
one blow swept it down from its pedestal. The idol broke in two, and what
did he see? An immense number of coins flying all over the place.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
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