The Fox at the point of Death

Moral: No Moral. Suggest us a moral of this fable in comment section.
A fox was dying, and he lay
In all the weakness of decay.
A numerous progeny, with groans,
Attended to his feeble tones:
“My crimes lie heavy on my soul;
My sons, my sons, your raids control!
Ah, how the shrieks of murdered fowl
Environ me with stunning howl!”
The hungry foxes in a ring
Looked round, but saw there no such thing:
“This is an ecstasy of brain:
We fast, dear sir, and wish in vain.”
“Gluttons! restrain such wish,” replied
The dying fox; “be such defied;
Inordinate desires deplore;
The more you win, you grieve the more.
Do not the dogs betray our pace,
And gins and guns destroy our race?
Old age—which few of us attain—
Now puts a period to my pain.
Would you the good name lost redeem?
Live, then, in credit and esteem.”
“Good counsel, marry!” said a fox;
“And quit our mountain−dens and rocks!
But if we quit our native place,
We bear the name that marks our race;
And what our ancestry have done
Descends to us from sire to son.
Though we should feed like harmless lambs,
We should regarded be as shams;
The change would never be believed;
A name lost cannot be retrieved.”
The Sire replied: “Too true; but then—
Hark! that’s the cackle of a hen.
Go, but be moderate, spare the brood:
One chicken, one, might do me good.”

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