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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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4. The Peace-Loving Sun Defeats the Wind

The Wind and Sun were arguing
Which was the best at everything.
Let's test, said Wind, If you or I
can make men take off coat and tie.
        So Wind blew strong with snow and hail
        Till one man's coat flapped like a sail
        But he resisted all the more
        And pulled it tighter than before.

How foolish, said the noble Sun:
Now watch who'll be the winning one .
And he sent sunbeams so extreme
That all the lakes showed puffs of steam,
        And that man such discomfort felt
        That his defense began to melt!
        He tore off tie and coat and shirt
        And dropped them gladly in the dirt.

So ever since we've learned, of course,
Persuasion's BETTER FAR than force.

MORAL: Force can never accomplish what persuasion can.

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



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