Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
42. The Geese and The Cranes (Perry
The Geese joined the Cranes in some wheat;
All was well, till, disturbed at their treat,
Light-winted, the Cranes fled,
But the slow Geese, well fed,
Couldn't rise, and were caught in retreat.
BEWARE OF ENTERPRIZES WHERE THE RISKS ARE NOT EQUAL
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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.