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Group Four

31 The brash gnat

32 The enemy's trumpeter

33 A tortoise dies

34 A doomed man

35 The scorpion stings

36 A wolf finds reasons

37 The stork chooses

38 The tricky wolf

39 A donkey thinks

40 A patient dies

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32. The Enemy's Trumpeter Is Condemned

The enemy attacked the town
And burned the barns and houses down,
        Then town folk won it back again --
        And also captured many men.

A trumpeter was in that pack
Whose stirring horn brought the attack,
        But he demanded he go free
        Since neither gun nor sword had he.

You were the WORST of all of them,
They said: It's you we most condemn!
Although you didn't seem to fight,
You stirred their savage appetite.
        
        You claim your hands gave no offense?
        But you urged hearts to violence!
For music's power is passing great
To move the heart to love or hate.

MORAL: Those who stir others to evil are the worst.


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

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