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THE LOTUS, THE BEES, AND THE FROGS
THE lotus in a pond blossomed. The
bees swarmed to enjoy the sight and
collect the honey. The frogs in the pond
said, "You live so far from the pond: yet
 you come here so soon as the flowers
blossom. How do you find it out?"
"Why, by the sweet smell of the
flowers," said the bees.
"We live in the pond, and yet we do
not feel the smell. How is it?" said the
"We can tell you of the smell, but we
cannot furnish you with a nose to feel it,"
said the bees.
"Alas!" said the frogs, in a tone of
self-reproach, "of what avail is it that
frogs live by the lotus in the same pond
if they cannot enjoy the sweet smell of
the flower? Yet there is nothing like
acquiring the sense of what is fair and
So they requested the bees to teach
them how to enjoy things fair and sweet.
"That is impossible, as we have already
told you; for a sense of 'fair and sweet'
you see, must be in us when we begin
to be!" said the bees, and went about
humming round the sweet lotus flowers.