Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
50. Mice in Council (Perry 613)
Against Cat sat a Council of Mice.
Every Mouse came out prompt with advice,
And a bell on Cat's throat
Would have met a round vote,
Had the bell-hanger not been so nice.
THE BEST POLICY OFTEN TURNS ON AN IF
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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.