An old labourer, bent double with age and toil, was gathering
sticks in a forest.
At last he grew so tired and hopeless that he threw down the bundle of sticks, and cried out:
"I cannot bear
this life any longer. Ah, I wish Death would only come and take me!"
As he spoke, Death, a grisly skeleton, appeared and said to him:
"What wouldst thou, Mortal? I heard thee call me."
"Please, sir," replied the woodcutter,
"Would you kindly help me to lift this faggot of sticks on to my shoulder?"
Author of the Fable
The Old Man and Death
Nationality of Aesop - Ethiopian or Greek
Lifespan of Aesop - He lived approximately 620 - 560 BC
Life of Aesop - Slave - Author of the book of fables
Famous Works - Aesop's Fable book featuring:
"The Goose With the Golden Eggs", "The Fisher",
"The Old Man and Death" and "The Sick Lion"
The Old Man and Death Fable
A Free Aesop's Fable with a moral for kids & children