A Lark had made her nest in the early spring on the young green
wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and
attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers,
when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, "The
time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with
One of the young Larks heard his speech and related it to his mother,
inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety. "There is
no occasion to move yet, my son," she replied; "the man who only
sends to his friends to help him with his harvest is not really in
The owner of the field came again a few days later and saw the
wheat shedding the grain from excess of ripeness. He said, "I will
come myself tomorrow with my laborers, and with as many reapers
as I can hire, and will get in the harvest."
The Lark on hearing these words said to her brood, "It is time now
to be off, my little ones, for the man is in earnest this time; he no
longer trusts his friends, but will reap the field himself."
Self-help is the best help.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)