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Henry Craik, ed.  English Prose.  1916.
Vol. II. Sixteenth Century to the Restoration
The Daw and Borrowed Plumes
By Sir Roger L’Estrange (1616–1704)
From Æsop’s Fables translated

A DAW that had a mind to be sparkish, tricked himself up with all the gay feathers he could muster together: and upon the credit of these stolen, or borrowed ornaments, he valued himself above all the birds in the air beside. The pride of this vanity got him the envy of all his companions, who upon a discovery of the truth of the case, fell to pluming of him by consent; and when every bird had taken his own feather, the silly daw had nothing left him to cover his nakedness.
  We steal from one another all manner of ways, and to all manner of purposes; wit, as well as feathers; but where pride and beggary meet, people are sure to be made ridiculous in the conclusion.

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