The Vain Jackdaw

: Aesop's Fables

JUPITER DETERMINED, it is said, to create a sovereign over the

birds, and made proclamation that on a certain day they should

all present themselves before him, when he would himself choose

the most beautiful among them to be king. The Jackdaw, knowing

his own ugliness, searched through the woods and fields, and

collected the feathers which had fallen from the wings of his

companions, and stuck them in all parts of his body, hoping

thereby to make himself the most beautiful of all. When the

appointed day arrived, and the birds had assembled before

Jupiter, the Jackdaw also made his appearance in his many

feathered finery. But when Jupiter proposed to make him king

because of the beauty of his plumage, the birds indignantly

protested, and each plucked from him his own feathers, leaving

the Jackdaw nothing but a Jackdaw.