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The Book of Fables and Folk Stories by  Horace E. Scudder

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THE STAR-GAZER

A CERTAIN wise man was wont to go out every evening and gaze at the stars. Once his walk took him outside of the town, and as he was looking earnestly into the sky, he fell into a ditch.

He was in a sad plight, and set up a cry. A man who was passing by heard him, and stopped to see what was the matter.

[35] "Ah, sir," said he, "when you are trying to make out what is in the sky, you do not see what is on the earth."


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