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

143. A LARK IN A NET (Perry 251)

A poor Lark enter'd into a miserable Expostulation with a Bird-Catcher, that had Taken her in his Net, and was just about to put her to Death. Alas, (says she) What am I to Die for now? I am no Theif; I have Stol'n neither Gold, not Silver; but for making Bold with One Pitiful Grain of Corn am I now to Suffer.
THE MORAL. 'Tis to no Purpose to stand Reasoning, where the Adversary is both Party and Judge.

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