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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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20. The Bragging Candle Learns a Lesson

One night a candle glimmered bright,
And brilliantly sent forth his light
        And beams around him spread,
Behold, I'm brighter than the sun
And moon and stars all heaped as one!
        The bragging candle said.

Just then a wind (from heaven, no doubt)
Blew down and snuffed the candle out,
        And darkness filled the night
Till someone lit the candle's wick
And said, Be modest now, not thick:
        No wind will ever snuff out HEAVEN's light.


MORAL: Puffed up egotism is quickly deflated.


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

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