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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIV: Russian—Scandinavian—Miscellaneous
 
The Swan, the Pike, and the Crab
By Ivan Krylov (1768–1844)
 
From the “Fables”

WHENE’ER companions don’t agree,
  They work without accord;
And naught but trouble doth result,
  Although they all work hard.
 
One day a swan, a pike, a crab,        5
  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.        10
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,        15
  ’Tis not for me to say;
But this I know: the load is there
  Unto this very day.
 
 
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