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Fable Aesop
The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat
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The Birds waged war with the Beasts, and each were by turns
the conquerors. A Bat, fearing the uncertain issues of the fight,
always fought on the side which he felt was the strongest.
When peace was proclaimed, his deceitful conduct was apparent
to both combatants. Therefore being condemned by each for his
treachery, he was driven forth from the light of day, and henceforth
concealed himself in dark hiding-places, flying always alone and
at night.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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