The Fox and the Crow

: Aesop's Fables

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its

beak and settle on a branch of a tree. "That's for me, as I am a

Fox," said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the

tree. "Good-day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are

looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I

feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as

your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may

greet you as the Queen of Birds." The Crow lifted up her head and

began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the

piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by

Master Fox. "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In

exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the


."Do not trust flatterers."