AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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soon scampering as fast as they could to their holes. All made their way to safety without difficulty except the leaders, who were so hampered by the badges of their rank that they could not get into their holes, and fell easy victims to their pursuers.
Greatness carries its own penalties.
THE Peacock was greatly discontented because he had not a beautiful voice like the nightingale, and he went and complained to Juno about it. The nightingale's song,' said he, ' is the envy of all the birds; but whenever I utter a sound I become a laughing­stock." The goddess tried to console him by saying, You have not, it is true, the power of song, but then you far excel all the rest in beauty : your neck flashes like the emerald and your splendid tail is a marvel of gorgeous colour." But the Peacock was not appeased. " What is the use," said he, '' of being beautiful, with a voice like mine ? ' Then Juno replied, with a shade of sternness in her tones, ' Fate has allotted to all their destined gifts : to yourself beauty, to the eagle strength, to the nightingale song, and so on to all the rest in their degree ; but you alone are dissatisfied with your portion. Make, then, no more complaints : for, if your present wish were granted, you would quickly find cause for fresh discontent."