The Husbandman and the Stork

154. THE HUSBANDMAN AND THE STORK. The husbandman pitched a net in his fields to take the cranes and geese which came to feed upon the new-sown corn. Accordingly he took several, both cranes and geese, and among them a stork, who pleaded hard for his life, and, among other apologies which he made, alleged, that he was neither goose nor crane, but a poor harmless stork, who performed his duty to his parents to all intents and purposes, feeding them when they were old, and, as occasion required, carrying them from place to place upon his back.
“All this may be true,” replies the husbandman, “but as I have taken you in bad company, and in the same crime, you must expect to suffer the same punishment.” [more info]

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