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
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
You were the WORST of all of them,
It's you we most condemn!
Although you didn't seem to fight,
You stirred their savage appetite.
You claim your hands gave no
But you urged hearts to
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