The Mischievous Dog

A certain man once had a hound
Who worried all the folks around.
It cost his owner pain and labor
To ward his tricks from friend and neighbor.
At length he tied a heavy clog
About his neck to tame the dog.
To teach him manners if he could,
And make him act as doggies should.
The stupid cur began to holler
And brag about his brand new collar,
Saying: "The honor, to be sure,
Makes the weight easy to endure."
Then spoke a sly old dog at once;
"The honor say you—you poor dunce!
Why must we tell you to your face,
That burden heralds your disgrace!"
Hunt as you will, you can find none so wise,
As to look at himself through other folk's eyes.

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