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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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37. A Mean Dog Nests in the Manger

The meanest dog there ever was
Went looking for a nest
Where he could sleep by day or night
If he should need a rest.

        The horses watched with fearful eyes
        The cruel approaching stranger,
        And sure enough, he went to sleep
        Right in the horses' manger.

How MEAN that creature is, they cried,
To spoil our eating shelf!
He'll snap and bite if we come near,
Yet can't eat straw himself.

MORAL: It is heartless to spoil things for others even though you don't want them yourself.

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



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