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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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34. The Baby Goat Taunts a Wolf

Way up high on a towering rock
        once climbed a baby goat,
And seeing a wolf far down below,
        she wiggled her shiny white coat.

You can't get me, you slimy wolf,
        with a coat like a filthy rug.
From way up here you look quite queer,
        she mocked,-- And the size of a bug!

You foolish kid, called out the wolf,
         For making fun of me!
Your only strength is in that rock!
        When you come down you'll see.

MORAL: Ridicule is the favorite tool of weaklings.


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

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