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Fable Aesop
The Eagle And The Jackdaw
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An Eagle, flying down from his perch on a lofty rock, seized upon
a lamb and carried him aloft in his talons. A Jackdaw, who witnessed
the capture of the lamb, was stirred with envy and determined to
emulate the strength and flight of the Eagle. He flew around with
a great whir of his wings and settled upon a large ram, with the
intention of carrying him off, but his claws became entangled in the
ram's fleece and he was not able to release himself, although he
fluttered with his feathers as much as he could. The shepherd,
seeing what had happened, ran up and caught him. He at once
clipped the Jackdaw's wings, and taking him home at night, gave
him to his children. On their saying, "Father, what kind of bird is it?"
he replied, "To my certain knowledge he is a Daw; but he would
like you to think an Eagle."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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