The Falcon and the Worm

Kriloff’s Original Fables
Upon a tree’s high top, unto a light bough clinging,-
A Worm swung to and fro, A Falcon up above, through air his wide wings swinging,
Seemed to the sky in easy play to go : —” What pains, poor thing, thyself up here to haul
What good to thee that thou thus high dost crawl ? Thou gett’st not more of will or liberty ! As the wind lists, so bends thy bough with thee.” —” To joke thus it may please
Thee, whose high flight is taken at thine ease, Thanks to thy wings’ rare force and length ; But fate to me such dignity gave not
I keep on this high spot,
Only because for sticking I have strength.”

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