The Sick Kite

029. THE SICK KITE. A kite had been sick a long time, and finding there was no hopes of recovery, begged of his mother to go to all the churches and religious houses in the country to try what prayers and promises would effect in his behalf. The old kite replied, “Indeed, dear son, I would willingly undertake anything to save your life, but I have great reason to despair of doing you any service in the way you propose; for with what face can I ask any thing of the gods in favour of one, whose whole life has been a continual scene of rapine and injustice, and who has not scrupled, upon occasion, to rob the very altars themselves?” [more info]

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