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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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6. The Wise Wasp Uncovers the Truth

Some bees built their honeycomb high in a tree,
        But the drones claimed they'd made the comb too,
So they all asked a Wasp who was wonderfully wise
        If she'd judge what was false and what true.

That's easy, said Wasp, Each make a new comb
        And we'll see if it's equally sweet.
said the bees. OH, NO! said the drones.
        The Wasp smiled--for her task was complete.

MORAL: Claims are best tested by deeds.

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



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