The Dove and the Crow

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The Dove and the Crow
by Aesop

L'Estrange's translation (1692)[edit]

A PIGEON AND A CROW

A Pigeon that was brought up in a Dove-House, was Bragging to a Crow how Fruitful she was. Never Value your self, says the Crow, upon that Vanity; for the more Children the more Sorrow.

THE MORAL. Many Children are a Great Blessing; but a Few Good Ones are a Greater; All Hazards consider’d.

Townsend's translation (1887)[edit]

The Dove and the Crow

A Dove shut up in a cage was boasting of the large number of young ones which she had hatched. A Crow hearing her, said: "My good friend, cease from this unseasonable boasting. The larger the number of your family, the greater your cause of sorrow, in seeing them shut up in this prison-house."