The Kites of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege
of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were
so enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and,
in trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing.
The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)