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Useful weblinks: Fields of Gold

  • This beautifully illustrated limerick version of the fable is from the book Baby's Own Aesop (Walter Crane, Illustrator)
  • Watch this animated retelling of the fable. It goes hand in hand with this other fable, here used as a prelude to the Fields of Gold tale.
  • Fields full of crops do look golden to the eye and the metaphor ‘golden fields’ is a common one; for instance, Sting’s song Fields of Gold (and this siren-esque cover by Celtic Woman).
  • The moral of the fable seems to be that you have to work for rewards. This is a popular and widespread idea today too – check out the images and quotes below: