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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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32. The Deer Misjudges His Talents

One summer's day a beautiful deer
        Saw his face in the lake as he drank,
How lovely and strong are my horns, said he,
         But my legs! how skinny and lank!

Just then some hunters and hounds drew near,
        And the legs of the deer raced well,
And he would have escaped-but his horns got caught
        In a branch! With one arrow, he fell.

MORAL: Embarrassing things about ourselves my be our greatest strength.

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



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