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     The Labourer and the Nightingale


A Labourer lay listening to a Nightingale's song throughout the summer night.

So pleased was he with it that the next night he set a trap for it and captured it.

 "Now that I have caught you, you shall always sing to me."

"We Nightingales never sing in a cage." said the bird.

"Then I'll eat you, I have always heard say that a nightingale on toast is dainty morsel", he said.

"Please, don't kill me," said the Nightingale; "but let me free, and I'll tell you three things far better worth than my poor body."

The Labourer let him loose, and he flew up to a branch of a tree and said: "Never believe a captive's promise; that's one thing. Then again: Keep what you have. And third piece of advice is: Sorrow not over what is lost forever."

Then the song-bird flew away.
 

 

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