The Kites and the Swans

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The Kites and the Swans
by Aesop
Translated by George Fyler Townsend (1887)

The Kites of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and, in trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing.

The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.