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- The Raven and the Fox
- The Frog That Wished to Be As Big As the Ox
- The Two Mules
- The Wolf and the Dog
- The Heifer, the Goat, and the Sheep, In Company With The Lion
- The Wallet
- The Swallow and the Little Birds
- The City Rat and the Country Rat
- The Wolf and the Lamb
- The Man and his Image
- The Dragon With Many Heads, and the Dragon With Many Tails
- The Thieves and the Ass
- Simonides Preserved By The Gods
- Death and the Unfortunate
- Death and the Woodman
- The Man Between Two Ages, And His Two Mistresses
- The Fox and the Stork
- The Boy and the Schoolmaster
- The Cock and the Pearl
- The Hornets and the Bees
- The Oak and the Reed
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Wise counsel is not always wise,
As this my tale exemplifies.
A boy, that frolicked on the banks of Seine,
Fell in, and would have found a watery grave,
Had not that hand that plants never in vain
A willow planted there, his life to save.
While hanging by its branches as he might,
A certain sage preceptor came in sight;
To whom the urchin cried, “Save, or I’m drowned!”
The master, turning gravely at the sound,
Thought proper for a while to stand aloof,
And give the boy some seasonable reproof.
“You little wretch! this comes of foolish playing,
Commands and precepts disobeying.
A naughty rogue, no doubt, you are,
Who thus requite your parents” care.
Alas! their lot I pity much,
Whom fate condemns to watch over such.”
This having coolly said, and more,
He pulled the drowning lad ashore.
This story hits more marks than you suppose.
All critics, pedants, men of endless prose,—
Three sorts, so richly blessed with progeny,
The house is blessed that does not lodge any,—
May in it see themselves from head to toes.
No matter what the task,
Their precious tongues must teach;
Their help in need you ask,
You first must hear them preach.