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Group Three

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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27. A Reckless Deer Takes One Bite Too Many

A deer as swift as any wind
Met hunters armed and well equipped,
So off it ran into the woods
And under hanging vines it slipped.

        The hunters passed right by the vine
        Not noticing the deer beneath,
        And deer stayed still -- until she smelled
        Delicious greens right near her teeth.

Without a thought she took a bite!
Returning hunters caught her slip!
As fatal arrows struck her heart
She cried: How costly was that nip!

MORAL: Success makes fools incautious.

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



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