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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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15. A Farmer Kills the Goose Who Lays Golden Eggs

A lucky farmer had a goose
That every single day
Would lay one perfect golden egg,
And hide it in the hay.
        Each day the farmer found the egg
        And took it to the town
        And got good money for his egg
        and grew in wide renown.

It's not enough, the farmer said,
I think I do surmise
That goose has pounds of gold inside
Just judging from his size.

        He killed the goose and looked within
        That goose's guts and fuzz,
        But nothing did he find at all
        Except--how Dumb he was.

MORAL: Don't let the perfect destroy the good.

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



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