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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

383- The Dog in the Manger

 

St-Takla.org Image: Two breeds of dogs - Animal Day 2017, Dublin, Ireland - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, May 14, 2017. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نوعان من الكلاب - من صور يوم الحيوانات 2017، دبلن، أيرلندا - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 مايو 2017.

St-Takla.org Image: Two breeds of dogs - Animal Day 2017, Dublin, Ireland - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, May 14, 2017.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نوعان من الكلاب - من صور يوم الحيوانات 2017، دبلن، أيرلندا - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 مايو 2017.

Some people use the expression "The dog in the manger". The story behind it is that a dog found a manger full of hay so he slept in it. Every now and then, any other animal would come to eat from the hay. Then, the dog would shout and let no one eat from it. Of course he did not eat it because it is not his food and in the same time he would not allow any one else to eat from it. Therefore, he became a model of human egoism.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: كلب في مزود.

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To You only, I complain of my egoistic heart.

To You I cry because of my narrow-mindedness.

Many a time, my egoism deprives me of my human nature,

Then, my weak soul falls since it does not seek good for others.

Nevertheless, Your Fiery Holy Spirit kindles my depth with love.

May I die and all live.


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