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11 A wolf becomes

12 A greedy lion

13 A lovesick cat

14 A milkmaid dreams

15 The greedy dog

16 Prideful mice

17 A drowning priest

18 A wise bear

19 A man tries

20 A clever donkey

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12. A Greedy Lion Loses His Dinner
        
A ravenous lion found a rabbit asleep
And instantly planned to assail him,
So without even saying a Prayer Before Meals,
He opened his mouth to inhale him.

        When, lo, in his sight a fat reindeer ran by
        The first reindeer seen in this venue.
         Ah, why have commonplace rabbit , said lion,
        I'll try what is new on the menu.

But the deer got away. Oh, well, said the lion,
I guess I'll just have bunny chowder,
But when he came back very ready to eat,
The rabbit had taken a powder.

MORAL: Desire for more can undo what you have.


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

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