The Raven and the Swan

: Aesop's Fables

A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same

beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan's splendid white

color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the

Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his

living, and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But

cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not change

their color, while through want of food he perished.

Change of habit cannot alter Nature.