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21 The boastful rooster

22 Grasshoppers fail

23 A hunter hunts

24 A swan sings

25 An eagle dies

26 The foolish crab

27 A reckless deer

28 The foolhardy shepherd

29 A wolf refuses

30 A wily fox

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24. A Swan Sings To Save Her Life
A wealthy man once kept a goose
And swan together at his house,
The goose to be a feast some day,
The swan, to sing songs for his spouse.

        One moonless night he sent the cook
        To catch the goose and dinner make,
        But in the dark the cook misjudged,
        And brought the swan in by mistake

That swan soon realized her fate
And let her broken heart be known
Goodbye, sweet earth! Goodbye, sweet friends!
She sang: one long despairing tone.

         Stop! cried the cook, My heart is broke!
        This poor swan's song my soul doth wring!
        I'll get that other bird for food,
        And let this swan live on to sing!

So swan lived on for years and years
Enjoying tasty meals and snacks,
And sang her sad and lovely song --
Whenever they brought out the ax.

MORAL: Let your feelings be known: it may save you.

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



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