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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 144)

Based on Λάρος καὶ ἰκτῖνος

Country of origin: Greece


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The Seagull and the Kite

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A SEAGULL having bolted down too large a fish, burst its deep gullet-bag and lay down on the shore to die. A Kite saw him and exclaimed: "You richly deserve your fate; for a bird of the air has no business to seek its food from the sea." Every man should be content to mind his own business.