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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17. A Drowning Priest Learns To Pray
One day a schooner filled with men --
Some young, some old, and one a priest--
Sank in a storm, and all aboard
Felt sure they soon would be deceased!
The young swam well and helped
Who nobly their best effort
But the poor priest just cried
Athena-God his life would save.
A hundred ducats will I pledge!
I'm your devotee!
Two hundred! Three! Or even
Just come out here and RESCUE
Just then a sailor swimming near
Pray your best, that's not a sin!
But also move your bloomin' arms!
And that suggestion saved his skin.
MORAL: God helps those who help themselves
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary