The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk





A MOUSE who always lived on the land, by an unlucky chance formed

an intimate acquaintance with a Frog, who lived for the most part

in the water. The Frog, one day intent on mischief, bound the

foot of the Mouse tightly to his own. Thus joined together, the

Frog first of all led his friend the Mouse to the meadow where

they were accustomed to find their food. After this, he

gradually led him towards the pool in which he lived, until

reaching the very brink, he suddenly jumped in, dragging the

Mouse with him. The Frog enjoyed the water amazingly, and swam

croaking about, as if he had done a good deed. The unhappy Mouse

was soon suffocated by the water, and his dead body floated about

on the surface, tied to the foot of the Frog. A Hawk observed

it, and, pouncing upon it with his talons, carried it aloft. The

Frog, being still fastened to the leg of the Mouse, was also

carried off a prisoner, and was eaten by the Hawk.



Harm hatch, harm catch.





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