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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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7. The Little Mice Plan to Bell the Cat

Believe me, said a youthful mouse,
         That cat makes too much fuss,
The silly thing just sits and waits
        to capture one of us.

You're right, a peer said, looking grim,
         I find the cat disgusting,
You never know just where she is!
        No wonder we're mistrusting.

Quickly a committee formed
        And came up with an answer!
A bell around the kitty's neck
        Would neutralize the cancer!

The crowd rejoiced: OUR PROBLEM'S SOLVED!
But Grandma Mouse looked leery,
She sighed a tired sigh and said:
I've just one simple query.
        Who'll be the one to volunteer
        To go and bell the kitty?
And all kept perfect silence then,
Especially the committee.

MORAL: Many a plan has just one flaw: No one has the courage to try it.

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



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