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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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5. A Fool Scolds a Drowning Child
One day a youngster went to swim
And got swept down the stream
So she began to shout for help,
But heard a man blaspheme.

        You god-forsaken backward kid!
        He cried, You silly fool,
        Why are you there? You're almost drowned!
        What have you learned in school?

He climbed up on a river bank
To get a better view,
And put his hands upon his hips
And shook his finger too.

        Kind sir, she cried, Yes, I was dumb
        To get into this hole,
        But show you're wise and save my life
        Before you fix my soul.

MORAL: Give care before you give advice.

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



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