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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney


 

 

THE TRUMPETER TAKEN PRISONER

A
TRUMPETER who had been taken prisoner in a battle begged hard for his life.

"Spare me, I entreat you," said he; "put me not to death without cause. I have killed on one, nor do I carry arms, but only this trumpet."

"For that very reason," said they [185] who held him captive, "you shall the more surely die; for though without the spirit to fight yourself, you stir up others to violence and bloodshed."

He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it.


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