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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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10. The Wounded Wolf Calls for Help

A wolf lying wounded, all haggard and pale,
Saw a sheep walking by looking hardy and hale,
Dear Sheep! cried the wolf, Do you see how I bleed?
Just a wee bit of water is all that I need,
        If you just bring me drink, I'll regain all my health,
        Then later find something to eat by myself.

Answered Sheep, If I bring you some water to drink,
I'll be bringing you dinner as well too, I think.
You'll eat up MYSELF, that's the thing that you'll do!
So I shall reject this petition from you,
        Though my heart may go out and feel true sympathy,
        You don't have the mercy you're asking of me!

MORAL: Always be slow to trust the powerful.


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

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