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Fable Aesop
The Sick Kite
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A Kite, sick unto death, said to his mother: "O Mother! do not mourn,
but at once invoke the gods that my life may be prolonged." She
replied, "Alas! my son, which of the gods do you think will pity you?
Is there one whom you have not outraged by filching from their
very altars a part of the sacrifice offered up to them?"

We must make friends in prosperity if we would have their help in
adversity.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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