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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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5. An Astrologer Suffers a Foolish Accident

One famous Astrologer studied the stars,
        So he could the future foretell!
With his eyes on the sky he went walking one night
        And by accident fell down a well.

He shouted and screamed till a farmer nearby
        Pulled him out--but reviled his conceit,
Pray tell, said the farmer, why pry into stars
        But lose track of what's under you feet?

MORAL: In flights of abstraction, watch your step

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



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