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FLORIAN'S FABLES.
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FABLE III.
THE THREE RIVALS.

Once on a time rose fierce disputes
Between three very gentle brutes—
           The ox, the horse, and ass.
Their overweening pride, alas!
As oft with men of seeming sense,
Led them to strive for precedence.
Perhaps, my friend, you may deride
The thought of asses having pride;
But are not others sometimes vain,
And aim at rank they can't attain?