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Fable Aesop
The Seaside Travelers
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Some Travelers, journeying along the seashore, climbed to the
summit of a tall cliff, and looking over the sea, saw in the distance
what they thought was a large ship. They waited in the hope of
seeing it enter the harbor, but as the object on which they looked
was driven nearer to shore by the wind, they found that it could
at the most be a small boat, and not a ship. When however it
reached the beach, they discovered that it was only a large faggot
of sticks, and one of them said to his companions, "We have
waited for no purpose, for after all there is nothing to see but a
load of wood." Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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