Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 37. The Tree and the Reed (Perry
"Well, little one," said a Tree to a Reed that was growing
at its foot, "why do you not plant your feet deeply in the ground,
and raise your head boldly in the air as I do?"
"I am contented with my lot," said the Reed. "I may not
be so grand, but I think I am safer."
"Safe!" sneered the Tree. "Who shall pluck me up by the
roots or bow my head to the ground?" But it soon had to repent of
its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it up from its roots, and
cast it a useless log on the ground, while the little Reed, bending to
the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed
Obscurity often brings safety.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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