The Fox and the Goat

A fox once fell into a well

And could not scramble out.

Then came a goat, and stared at him

In puzzlement and doubt.

” I’m here, dear Goat,” he said, “because

There soon will be a drought.


“And all will die who are too dry–

So save yourself, good friend!”

The goat, who thought it would be sad

To come to such an end,

Was wooed by Reynard’s arguments,

And ventured to descend.


With nimble tread on a horny head

The fox then gladly sprang,

And leapt to safety, while, below,

The goat’s complaining rang.

“Share not the rope,” the fox advised,

“Of one about to hang.”

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