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THE SAGE AND THE ANIMALS
THERE lived in the East a great sage who
had the power of teaching any animal the
tones of any other animal on earth. One
 day a great many animals went to him and
Soon afterwards the fox presented himself before the poultry-yard, and crowed
like Chanticleer. Chanticleer thought that
some rival had come near; so he went out
to meet him. The fox got in by another
way, and carried off as many of his hens
and chicks as he could take.
The wolf went to the fold at night, and,
bleating like a sheep, drew away from the
flock a number of lambs, and made a hearty
meal on them.
Then the kite, chirping merrily, tapped
at the door of the sparrow's nest. The
little sparrows cried, "Oh, mamma has just
returned with something nice for breakfast!" and opened the door. The kite
made his breakfast on them.
Thus every animal began to imitate the
tones of some other, and do as much harm
as possible. So they all went to the sage
and told him of the result of their labours.
"Ah," said the sage, "I thought as much.
 You shall not have the power any more.
They that would abuse knowledge or power,
should never get it."