The fables: THE
HAWK AND THE NIGHTINGALE, THE DONKEY IN THE LION'S SKIN AND THE FOX.
“THE HAWK AND THE NIGHTINGALE”
A Nightingale was sitting aloft upon a great oak
and, as usual , was singing. At once, he was seen by a Hawk who, being
in need of food, swooped down and seized him. The Nightingale, on the
point of losing his life, with a fervent prayer begged the Hawk to let
him go, saying that he was not big enough to fill up the stomach of
a Hawk who, if he wanted food, ought to pursue the larger birds. The
Hawk, interrupting him, said: "I‘d indeed be a real fool
if I should let go food through my hands, for the sake of pursuing what
is not yet even within sight."
So it is with men, fools are those who, for the sake of pursuing superior goods, let go through their hands what they have already got.
“THE DONKEY IN THE LION'S SKIN AND THE FOX”
A Donkey, having put on the Lion's skin, strolled about
and enjoyed frightening all the foolish animals he met. At last he saw
a Fox and tried to frighten him too; but the Fox, who knew his voice
having heard it not long before, exclaimed, "I might possibly have
been frightened myself, if I had not heard your bray."
So it is with the ignorant who, thanks to their magnificent appearances, would look like important people, if they were not revealed by their foolish speech.