THE WORM AND THE SUN
A WORM that was out in the sun, said, "I
wish there was no sun at all. Of what
use is he? If he did not shine, I would go
far afield, and should be so glad."
A rook that heard this came near and
said, "You are quite wrong; the sun is of
great use. I should not now have known
that you were here but for his light."
With these words he snatched him up
in his bill and put him into his craw.
A sage, who saw this, said, "The worm
lived but a short while; yet he would have
 no sun, though all the world wants it.
'Tis hard to deal with minds so low, for
love of self is all they know!"