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

168. A KINGSFISHER (Perry 25)

The Kingsfisher is a Solitary Bird, that wonts commonly by the Waterside, and Nestles in hollow Banks, to be out of reach of the Fowlers. One of these Birds happen'd to be Foraging abroad for her Young Ones, and in this Interim comes a raging Torrent, that washes away Nest, Birds and all. Upon her Return, finding how 'twas with her, she brake out into this Exclamation: Unhappy Creature that I am! to fly from the bare Apprehension of one Enemy, into the Mouth of another.
THE MORAL. 'Tis many a wise Man's hap, while he is providing against one Danger, to fall into Another: And for his very Providence to turn his Destruction.

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