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.
If you or I
can make men take off coat and tie.
So Wind blew strong with snow
Till one man's coat flapped
like a sail
But he resisted all the more
And pulled it tighter than
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
That his defense began to melt!
He tore off tie and coat and
And dropped them gladly in the
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