The Peacock and Juno

THE PEACOCK made complaint to Juno that, while the nightingale

pleased every ear with his song, he himself no sooner opened his

mouth than he became a laughingstock to all who heard him. The

Goddess, to console him, said, "But you far excel in beauty and

in size. The splendor of the emerald shines in your neck and you

unfold a tail gorgeous with painted plumage." "But for what

purpose have I," said the bird, "this dumb beauty so long as I am

surpassed in song?' "The lot of each," replied Juno, "has been

assigned by the will of the Fates--to thee, beauty; to the eagle,

strength; to the nightingale, song; to the raven, favorable,

and to the crow, unfavorable auguries. These are all contented

with the endowments allotted to them."

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