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


A Daw that had a mind to be sparkish, trick’d himself up with all the gay Feathers he could muster together: And upon the credit of these stoll’n or borrow’d Ornaments, he valu’d himself above all the Birds in the Air beside. The Pride of this Vanity got him the Envy of all his Companions, who, upon a Discovery of the Truth of the Case, fell to pluming of him by Consent; and when every Bird had taken his own Feather, the silly Daw had nothing left him to cover his Nakedness.
THE MORAL. We steal from one another in all manner of Ways, and to all manner of Purposes; Wit, as well as Feathers; but where Pride and Beggary meet, People are sure to be made Ridiculous in the Conclusion.

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.