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A wounded Fox disabled lay;
To drive tormenting flies away
A Hedgehog offered him his aid:
“No, Sir, I thank you,” Reynard said;
“Already I have borne the ill;
These of my blood have suck’d their fill;
And should we now these robbers chase,
A hungry swarm would take their place.”

This version of Aesop’s fable is from “Fables and Satires,” by Sir Brooke Boothby

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