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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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8. The Thirsty Crow Gets Good Advice

The crow flew down, near dead with thirst,
The land below with drought was cursed,
        And animals began to die
        Because no rain fell from the sky.

Then that poor crow a pitcher found
Half-full of water on the ground
        He stretched as far as he could bear,
        But could not reach the water there.

Alas, he cried, My neck is sore,
I cannot stretch it any more,
And if the pitcher I should break
The earth will all my water take!

An owl nearby began to shout:
Put pebbles in that pitcher's spout
To raise the water to the brink
THEN you reach in and take a drink!

It worked! He drank till he was through
And lived to crow about it too,
        And learned that day it's wise indeed
        To get advice when you're in need.

MORAL: Answers to great problems often come from unexpected sources.

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

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