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Fable Aesop
The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
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A Trumpeter, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by
the enemy. He cried out to his captors, "Pray spare me, and do
not take my life without cause or without inquiry. I have not
slain a single man of your troop. I have no arms, and carry
nothing but this one brass trumpet."

"That is the very reason for which you should be put to death,"
they said; "for, while you do not fight yourself, your trumpet
stirs all the others to battle."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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