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


It was the Fortune of a poor Thrush, among other Birds, to be taken with a Bush of Lime-Twigs, and the miserable Creature reflecting upon it, that the chief Ingredient in the Birdlime came out of her own Guts: I am not half so much troubled, says the Thrush, at the Thought of dying, as at the Fatality of contributing to my own Ruin.
THE MORAL OF THE FOUR FABLES ABOVE. Nothing goes nearer a Man in his Misfortunes, than to find himself undone by his own folly, or but any way accessary to his own Ruin.

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