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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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30. A Wily Fox Has a Hare For Dinner

A rabbit who was quite naive
Once picked a fox to be his friend,
Beware! warned Owl, but rabbit thought
The fox his evil ways would mend.

         You're known for tricks! the rabbit said
        One day as fox lay in the sun,
         Would you be good enough, kind sir,
        To take the time to show me one?

Of course,
said fox, Come by tonight
For dinner and I'll demonstrate
How I can make things disappear
As if they just . . . evaporate!

        So that same evening fox put on
        A dinner show for his review,
        And rabbit was, to his surprise,
        Both audience and dinner too.

MORAL: The tricky can never be trusted.


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

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