The Farmer and the Stork

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A farmer placed nets on his newly-sown fields and caught a number of cranes, which came to pick up his seed and eat it. With them he trapped a stork that had broken his leg in the net and was praying to the farmer to spare his life.

"Save me, Master," he said, and "let me go free this once. My broken limb should excite your pity. Besides, I am no crane, I am a stork, a bird of excellent character; and see how I love and slave for my father and mother. And look at my feathers. They are not the least like those of a crane."

The farmer laughed aloud and said, "It may be all as you say, I only know this: I have taken you with these robbers, the cranes, and you must die in their company."




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