Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
232. The North Wind and the Sun (Perry
THE NORTH WIND and the Sun disputed as to which was the most powerful,
and agreed that he should be declared the victor who could first strip
a wayfaring man of his clothes. The North Wind first tried his power and
blew with all his might, but the keener his blasts, the closer the Traveler
wrapped his cloak around him, until at last, resigning all hope of victory,
the Wind called upon the Sun to see what he could do. The Sun suddenly
shone out with all his warmth. The Traveler no sooner felt his genial
rays than he took off one garment after another, and at last, fairly overcome
with heat, undressed and bathed in a stream that lay in his path.
Persuasion is better than Force.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google