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Group One

1 City mouse...

2 The bald knight

3 A man is undone

4 The peace-loving sun

5 An astrologer suffers

6 The wise wasp

7 The little mice

8 The thirsty crow

9 The canny dog

10 The wounded wolf

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3. A Man Is Undone By Two Loving Wives

There once was a time, very long, long ago,
        When a man with two wives was thought bolder,
So one middle-aged fellow whose hair was half grey
        Married two wives, one young and one older.

The younger thought hubby should always look young,
        So she'd pull out grey hairs from his head,
But the older wife wanted a mate her own age,
        So she'd snatch out the black hairs instead.

Of course he was flattered they loved him so much
        And rejoiced he was multiply wed
Till one morning he looked in the mirror to find
        There was NOT ONE HAIR left on his head.

MORAL: Wanting too much can leave one empty-handed.


from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary

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