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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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13. The Disappointed Fox Bad-Mouths the Grapes

A hungry old fox spotted grapes one night
And the bunches looked juicy and long,
        The vines hung high
        In the midnight sky
And the scent of the fruit was strong.

Hooray! he said, What a perfect dessert!
So he hunched down low to prepare,
        Then with all of his might
        He leaped that height--
But his jaws snapped down on air.

He leaped again, then he leaped, and leaped,
But his teeth never touched the prize,
        And his back was hurt
        Where he'd hit the dirt,
And he'd anger and tears in his eyes.

So at last, worn out and sick at heart,
He went home to his cozy bower,
         Who cares? he said
        As he lay down his head,
Those silly grapes were sour!

MORAL: It is easy to scorn that which we ourselves cannot attain.

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



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