The Fowler and the Blackbird

085. THE FOWLER AND THE BLACKBIRD. A fowler was placing his nets, and putting his tackle in order by the side of a copse, when a blackbird who saw him, had the curiosity to inquire what he was doing?
Says he, “I am building a city for you birds to live in; and providing it with meat, and all manner of conveniences for you.”
Having said this, he departed and hid himself; and the blackbird believing the words, came into the nets and was taken. But when the man came up to take hold of him, “If this,” says he, “be your faith and honesty, and these the cities you build, I am of opinion you will have but few inhabitants.” [more info]

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