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 Renard, 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 rhe piece of cheese fell to the ground pnly 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 future — Do not trust flatterers.
The flatterer doth rob by stealth, the victim both of wit and wealth.
Title: The fables of Æsop. Author: Aesop. Editor: Joseph Jacobs. Translated by: Joseph Jacobs. Illustrated by: Richard Heighway. Publisher: Macmillan & co., 1894. Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: Jun 6, 2006. Length: 222 pages. Subjects: Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology Social Science / Folklore & Mythology
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