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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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17. A Gluttonous Mouse Gets Trapped in a Box

A mouse, lean and hungry, squeezed into a box
Full of barley and ate like a pig,
Then he tried to get out--but the hole was too small
For a mouse with a stomach so big.

HELP! HELP! screamed the mouse at a weasel nearby,
But the weasel said, Wait awhile, sir,
You can only accomplish such difficult things
When you're hungry and lean like you were.

MORAL: There are some things only hungry people can accomplish.

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


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