The Fox and the Crow





A CROW having stolen a bit of meat, perched in a tree and held it

in her beak. A Fox, seeing this, longed to possess the meat

himself, and by a wily stratagem succeeded. "How handsome is the

Crow," he exclaimed, in the beauty of her shape and in the

fairness of her complexion! Oh, if her voice were only equal to

her beauty, she would deservedly be considered the Queen of

Birds!" This he said deceitfully; but the Crow, anxious to refute

the reflection cast upon her voice, set up a loud caw and dropped

the flesh. The Fox quickly picked it up, and thus addressed the

Crow: "My good Crow, your voice is right enough, but your wit is

wanting."





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