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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Husbandman and the Stork
By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)
 
Translation of James Davies

THIN nets a farmer o’er his furrows spread,
And caught the cranes that on his tillage fed;
And him a limping stork began to pray,
Who fell with them into the farmer’s way:—
“I am no crane: I don’t consume the grain:        5
That I’m a stork is from my color plain;
A stork, than which no better bird doth live;
I to my father aid and succor give.”
The man replied:—“Good stork, I cannot tell
Your way of life: but this I know full well,        10
I caught you with the spoilers of my seed;
With them, with whom I found you, you must bleed.”
 
WALK with the bad, and hate will be as strong
’Gainst you as them, e’en though you no man wrong.
 
 
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