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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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15. The Greedy Dog Loses His Bone

A greedy dog once found a bone
So big he could hardly carry it,
I'll take this home, he told himself,
And there I'll safely bury it.

        But as he leaped a tiny stream
        With energy and vigor,
        He saw a dog reflected there
        Whose bone looked even bigger.

He LUNGED! Alas, he lost his bone
        And the river tasted bitter,
His bone was gone, and he went home
        A sad but wiser critter.

MORAL: The greedy may lose everything.


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

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