An Husbandman and Stork

2.08. AN HUSBANDMAN AND STORK. A poor innocent Stork had the ill hap to be taken in a net that was laid for geese and cranes. The Stork's plea for herself was simplicity and piety, the love she bore to mankind, her duty to her parents, and the service she did in picking up venomous creatures. "This may be all true, says the Husbandman, "for what I know; but as you have been taken with ill company, you must expect to suffer with it."
MORAL. Our fortune and reputation require us to keep good company: for as we may be easily perverted by the force of bad examples, wise men will judge of us by the company we keep. What says the proverb? Birds of a feather will flock together. [more info]

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