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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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10. Some Revelers Forget Past Lessons

Some carefree revelers took a ship
To sea so they could eat and drink
Without restraint or any care
For what the gods above might think.

        But soon the waves became so high
        Their little ship tossed up and down
        And whirlwinds roared above their heads
        And they felt sure that they would drown.

Dear Gods! they cried, Dear Powers above,
Come to our aid lest we all die!

And soon that storm grew calm and still,
And sunbeams glowed throughout the sky.

         Pass out the wine! proclaimed the host,
        No need to fear these placid skies!
        NO, WAIT!
Another voice cried out,
        It was the steersman, brave and wise.

Enjoy your fun, he softly said
But like the wise, not like the fool,
Keep death's dark nearness in your mind,
And moderation as your rule.


MORAL: The thought of death can make us wise.


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

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