Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
18. The Fox and The Mosquitoes (Perry
Being plagued with Mosquitoes
Said old Fox, "Pray don't send them away,
For a hungrier swarm
Would work me more harm;
I had rather the full ones should stay."
THERE WERE POLITICIANS IN AESOP'S TIME
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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.