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Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Raven and The Fox

Perch'd on a lofty oak,  
Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese; 
 Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
    Thus to the holder spoke:--
  'Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?  
Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one! 
 So black and glossy, on my word,
sir,  With voice to match, you were a bird, sir,
Well fit to be the Phoenix of these days.'
   Sir Raven, overset with praise, 
 Must show how musical his croak.
  Down fell the luncheon from the oak; 
 Which snatching up, Sir Fox thus spoke:--    
'The flatterer, my good sir,   
 Aye liveth on his listener;  
  Which lesson, if you please,   
 Is doubtless worth the cheese.'
  A bit too late, Sir Raven swore

 The rogue never  cheat him more.[2] Both Aesop and Phaedrus have a version of this fable

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