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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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9. The Canny Dog Out-Smarts the Thief

A thief crept close to a house one night
Where a canny dog stood guard,
The dog smelled meat!--It was tossed by the thief
As he tiptoed through the yard.

"BEGONE"! You contemptible thief!" barked the dog,
And the crook turned and ran, full of fright.
He looked like a thief, said the canny dog,
And his gifts made me SURE I was right!

MORAL: Always be suspicious of an overly generous gift.

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



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