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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

126. A YOUNG MAN AND A SWALLOW (Perry 169)

A prodigal young Fellow that had sold his Clothes to his very Shirt, upon the Sight of a Swallow that came before her Time, made Account that Summer was now at Hand, and away went that too. There happen’d after this, a Fit of bitter cold Weather, that almost starv’d the Bird and the Spendthrift. Well (says the Fellow to himself) this Sot of a Swallow has been the Ruin of us both.
THE MORAL. Extraordinary Cases are excepted out of the general Rules of Life: So that irregular Accidents and Instances are not to be drawn into President.


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