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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

102. The Sick Kite (Perry 324)

A KITE, sick unto death, said to his mother: 'O Mother! do not mourn, but at once invoke the gods that my life may be prolonged.' She replied, 'Alas! my son, which of the gods do you think will pity you? Is there one whom you have not outraged by filching from their very altars a part of the sacrifice offered up to them?'
We must make friends in prosperity if we would have their help in adversity.

George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.