Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 75. The Eagle and the Arrow (Perry
An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz
of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. Slowly it fluttered down
to the earth, with its life-blood pouring out of it. Looking down upon
the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the shaft of the
Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes. "Alas!"
it cried, as it died,
"We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
Books. The digitized text comes from Project
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