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The Frog and the Rat

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The Frog and the Rat

He  who another thinks to injure,

May in the end destroy himself.

A rat who fed exceeding well,

Was by a frog invited out to dine;

"The voyage," said froggy, "will be quickly made,

If you will tie your foot to mine."

Frog vaunted the delight of bathing,

Praised the varieties they'd met upon the way,

And when the rat consented to be tied,

Attempted to bear him away.

The rat half drowned resisted all he could.

The frog, imaged the dinner he would make;

Suddenly, flying from a neighboring wood,

A hawk appeared, and quickly did he take

Both of the combatants up in his bill,

Before they e'en had time to make their will;

And quite delighted did the greedy sinner

Make off of fish and flesh a hearty dinner.

For in the hawk's dominions, fast days

Are never kept.

Now if the frog had acted as he ought,

And had not tried to dine off the poor rat,

They would not both have perished,

To make fat,

A pampered hawk;

And master rat,

Had he not been so curious about

Aquatic government,

Had from the scrape got safely out.


Moral

A scheme or a conspiracy,

Be it all plotted well

As safe, 'twould seem as it could be,

And sure of all success,

May, none the less,

Entirely fail,

And grand conspirators,

And all bewail,

The day that set them scheming.

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