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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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16. The Prideful Mice Are Defeated
When mice waged war against the cats,
Their casualties were large,
What we need is some leadership,
They said: Who'll be in charge?

        Four mice held up their paws so they
        Got roles quite honorary
        And give us helmets with big horns,
        They said, To prove we're scary.

Their next war effort failed again
But all the mice stayed whole --
Except the chiefs whose awesome horns
Would not fit down their hole.

        Alas, their lives just blew away
        As quick as summer breezes,
        Like all those who don't want to lead
        But just to be Big Cheeses.

MORAL: High honors can be a curse

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



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