The Crow and Mercury

: Aesop's Fables

A CROW caught in a snare prayed to Apollo to release him, making

a vow to offer some frankincense at his shrine. But when rescued

from his danger, he forgot his promise. Shortly afterwards,

again caught in a snare, he passed by Apollo and made the same

promise to offer frankincense to Mercury. Mercury soon appeared

and said to him, "O thou most base fellow? how can I believe

thee, who hast disowned and wronged thy former patron?'