Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
267. (Abstemius 13) A Swan and a Stork.
A Stork that was present at the Song of a dying Swan, told her 'twas contrary to Nature to sing so much out of Season; and ask'd her the Reason of it? Why, says the Swan, I am now entering into a State where I shall be no longer in danger of either Snares, Guns, or Hunger; and who would not joy at such a Deliverance?
Death is the Last Farewell to all the Difficulties, Pains, and Hazards of Life.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.