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Group Four

31 A man argues

32 The deer misjudges

33 The dying farmer

34 The baby goat

35 The pigeons choose

36 The big trees

37 A mean dog

38 The selfish horse

39 A boy cries wolf

40 The fox outwits the crow

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31. A Man Argues With a Wise Lion

A lion and a man, they say,
        were traveling along
When they began to argue who
        was braver and more strong,
Just as their tempers flared to hot,
        they passed a monument
That showed a man killing a lion--
        sculpted in cement.

You see? the man said. See the truth,
        the human is the stronger!
My case is closed. I see no need
        to argue any longer!
The lion grinned: That's made by MEN!
        Lion sculptors always show
A dozen men held down beneath
        a single lion's toe.

MORAL: History is written by the victors


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

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