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

159. A SWALLOW AND A CROW (Perry 229)

Upon a Dispute betwixt a Swallow and a Crow, which was the Greater Beauty of the Two: Yours, says the Crow, is only a Spring-Beauty, but mine lasts all the Year round.
THE MORAL. Of two Things equally Good, that’s the Best that lasts the longest.

L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir Roger L'Estrange. Aesop - Fables which is available at amazon.com.