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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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14. Ghost Cures an Old Man's Despair

The weary old man had traveled far
With a great pack of wood on his back,
His bones cried out and his feet were sore
And his mood was dreary and black.

In despair he threw down his burden of wood,
COME, DEATH! he groaned to the skies,
And suddenly Death stood there by his side,
Smiling and holding a scythe..

What is it? said Death, Can I be of help?
But the old man was stunned to the core,
O Please, said he, I've just one wish:
Help me pick up this pack once more.

MORAL: It is one thing to think about death, and another to see it really coming.

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

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