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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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28. The Foolhardy Shepherd Rears Wolf Cubs

O, look how cute! a shepherd said
When he found wolf cubs fast asleep,
I'll take them home and teach them love
And they'll grow up to guard my sheep.

        So he picked up those baby wolves
        And brought them home to show his wife,
         They're wolves! she screamed. Of course, said he,
         We'll train them in the shepherd's life.

But when they grew and ran out free,
He'd always find some poor sheep dead,
        And thus he learned it's seldom wise
        To let your heart defeat your head.

MORAL: Too soft a heart can lead to disaster.


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

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