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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney




CROW, snatched a piece of cheese out of a window and flew with it up into a tree, to eat it at leisure. A Fox passing by chance to look up and saw her. He coveted the prize and thus made his approaches to secure it. "O Crow," said he, "how beautiful are thy wings and how bright are thine eyes! How graceful thy neck! What a pity that such a bird should want only a voice!" Yielding to the flattery, the Crow opened her mouth to surprise the Fox with [230] her caw, when down, dropped the cheese, which the Fox, snapping up, ate as he walked away, remarking that whatever he had said of her voice he did not say of her brains.

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