The Jackdaw and the Sheep

A jackdaw was chattering on the back of a sheep,
Who, in spite of the jackdaw, was trying to sleep;
At length, after trying and trying in vain
To stop the bird's talking, the sheep did complain.
"Do stop your noisy tongue! You very well know,
If I were a dog you would not treat me so!"
"Oh!" replied the jackdaw, "I know that is true,
But you forget that no dog is like you.
The reason I treat you so is very plain:
You're too big a coward to fight back again."
In the battle of life, 'tis a fact well known,
To the weak in the strife, little mercy is shown.

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