The Parable of a Fish
One day a fisherman cast his line
Into a clear and rippling brook;
With tempting bait, quite skillfully
He hid from view the barbed hook.
A hungry fish by chance came by.
That dinner caught his watchful eye --
And yielding to the strong appeal,
Enjoyed the pleasure of a meal.
When done, he turned to swim away;
Alas! He found to his dismay
That the fisherman who supplied his meal
Had caught him with a hook of steel.
If sinful pleasure tempt your eye,
"Twere better just to pass it by,
Than yield; and find to your dismay,
When done, you cannot run away.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIV; 43, p. 11
September 10, 1970