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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Swallow, The Serpent, And The Court Of Justice

A Swallow, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling
with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice
and there hatched seven young birds. A Serpent gliding past
the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged
nestlings. The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly
and exclaimed: "Woe to me a stranger! that in this place where
all others' rights are protected, I alone should suffer wrong."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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