Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
37. The Fox Without a Tail (Perry
Said Fox, minus tail in a trap,
"My friends! here's a lucky mishap;
Give your tails a short lease!"
But the foxes weren't geese,
And none followed the fashion of trap.
YET SOME FASHIONS HAVE NO BETTER REASON
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.