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Fable Aesop
The Vain Jackdaw
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Jupiter determined, it is said, to create a sovereign over the birds,
and made proclamation that on a certain day they should all
present themselves before him, when he would himself choose
the most beautiful among them to be king. The Jackdaw, knowing
his own ugliness, searched through the woods and fields, and
collected the feathers which had fallen from the wings of his
companions, and stuck them in all parts of his body, hoping thereby
to make himself the most beautiful of all. When the appointed day
arrived, and the birds had assembled before Jupiter, the Jackdaw
also made his appearance in his many feathered finery. But when
Jupiter proposed to make him king because of the beauty of his
plumage, the birds indignantly protested, and each plucked from him
his own feathers, leaving the Jackdaw nothing but a Jackdaw.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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