Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
36. The Raven and the Swan (Perry 398)
A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful
plumage. Supposing that the Swan's splendid white color arose from his
washing in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the
neighborhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the
lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could
not change their color, while through want of food he perished.
Change of habit cannot alter Nature.
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
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google