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THE CROW AND THE FOX
C. M. L. From the fables of Æsop.
ONE day a Crow found a piece of cheese. Taking it in
her beak, she flew to a tree near by.
A Fox who had seen the Crow wanted the cheese for
himself, so he walked over to the foot of the tree,
and, looking up, said:
"Good day, Mistress Crow, how well you are looking
to-day. You are so beautiful! Your feathers are
fairer than a dove's! Is your voice as sweet? Let me
hear but one song, that I may know you are the Queen of
The Crow was so happy to be praised that she opened her
mouth to show the Fox how well she could sing.
Down to the ground fell the piece of cheese, and the
sly Fox seized it and ran away!
"That will do," said the Fox; "that was all I wanted."
Do not trust flatterers.