Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
325. THE JACKDAW AND THE DOVES
Perry 129 (Chambry
A jackdaw saw that the doves in a dovecote were very well fed, so he
dyed himself white and went to join them, expecting to share in their
food. So long as the jackdaw kept quiet, the doves thought he was another
dove and accepted him, but when he forgot to keep quiet and let out a
squawk, the pigeons then recognized who he was and they pecked at him
until he went away. Unable to feed with the doves, he then went back again
to the jackdaws. But because they did not recognize his colour, they kept
him away from their food and the jackdaw ended up with nothing to eat
The story shows that we too must be contented with our lot in life,
since being greedy for more is pointless and can even deprive us of the
things that are ours.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.