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Group One

1 Some timid bunnies

2 The hare outruns

3 The lion is ashamed

4 Grandma ewe

5 A fool scolds

6 The wolf fails

7 A canny bat

8 A gullible wolf

9 The amorous lion

10 Some revelers

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3. The Lion is Ashamed To Feel Afraid

I'm just so embarrassed, a lion once mused,
To jump when a cock cockadoodle-dee doos,
        Great Jupiter, help out this poor ignoramus!
        Where is that great courage that makes lions famous?

So Jupiter took him along for a joke
To the home of an elephant tall as an oak,
They called into one of his dark habitats,
        Go away! came a voice, I'm hiding from GNATS!

        They fly round my head, they buzz in my ears,
        They first make me cry and then swim in my tears,
        They fly up my trunk and they chew on my soul!
        They might kill me! I can't even go for a stroll!

How lion did laugh at the cries of the brute,
So much larger than he but more frightened, to boot!
Then Jupiter led lion back to his lair,
Where roosters still scared him, but he didn't care.

MORAL: Even the great have foolish fears.


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

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