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Group Two

11 The comedian

12 The donkey adores

13 The disappointed fox

14 A ghost cures

15 the golden eggs

16 The camel copies

17 A gluttonous mouse

18 The hunter condemns

19 The sun plans

20 The bragging candle

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12. The Donkey Adores the Grasshopper's Music

I so adore the sound you make!
A silly donkey said one day
In talking to some grasshoppers
Who he found singing in the hay.

My wildest dream would be to sing
Like holy cherubim on high!
What do you eat that helps you sing
So like the angels in the sky?

You'll be amazed at what we eat:
the critters said,
So Donkey tried that diet too--
And in a short time was dead.

MORAL: Envy can make fools of us.

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



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