Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Swan, The Pike, and the Crab

The Swan, the Pike, and the Crab
by Ivan Krylov (1768-1844)

Whenever companions don’t agree,
They work without accord;
And naught but trouble does result,
Although they all work hard.

One day a swan, a pike, a crab,
Resolved a load to haul;
All three were harnessed to the cart,
And pulled together all.
But though they pulled with all their might,
The cart-load on the bank stuck tight.
The swan pulled upward to the skies;
The crab did backward crawl;
The pike made for the water straight —
It proved no use at all!

Now, which of them was most to blame
It's not for me to say;
But this I know: the load is there
Unto this very day

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