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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

122. TWO COCKS FIGHTING (Perry 281)

Two Cocks fought a Duel for the Mastery of a Dunghill. He that was worsted slunk away into a Corner, and hid himself; t’other takes his Flight up to the Top of the House, and there, with crowning and clapping of his Wings, makes Proclamation of his Victory. An Eagle made a stoop at him in the middle of his Exultation, and carry’d him away. By this Accident, the other Cock had a good riddance of his Rival; took Possession of the Providence they contended for, and had all his Mistresses to himself again.
THE MORAL. A wise and a generous Enemy will make a modest Use of a Victory; for Fortune is variable.

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