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The Children's Book by  Horace E. Scudder
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A Pot of Honey having been overturned in the pantry, the Flies clustered about to eat the honey, but owing to the stickiness of the sweet stuff, they could not get away; their feet were so entangled that they could not fly up, and, choking to death, they cried out: "Wretches that we are, to die just for a moment of pleasure!"

So it is that greediness is for many people the cause of their ill-fortune.

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