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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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6. The Wolf Fails To Deceive the Horse

A tricky old wolf once entered a farm,
And seeing oats growing, he put on his charm,
So, calmly pretending that he meant no harm,
        He spoke to a horse in his stall.
Sir Horse, I do hope you are comfortably fed,
But in case you are hungry and famished instead,
There are oats by the ton in one field, he said,
        And I ate none so you'd have all.

Now the horse knew quite well that the wolf hated oats
And cared nothing for horses -- or cattle or goats,
And in fact was well known for attacking their throats,
        So he couldn't resist ridicule:

Sir Wolf, he said, Don't think me over-suspicious
Were I to suspect there was something malicious
In your lying claim you find oats delicious.
        BEGONE! Do you think me a fool?

MORAL: Before you believe anything, consider the source


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

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