Indian Fable - The Glow-Worm and the Daw
Friday 29 May 2015
A JACKDAW once ran up to a glow-worm and was about to seize him.
"Wait a moment, good friend," said the worm;
"and you shall hear something to your advantage."
"Ah! what is it?" said the daw.
"I am but one of the many glow-worms that live in this forest. If you wish to have them all, follow me," said the glowworm.
"Certainly!" said the daw.
Then the glow-worm led him to a place in the wood where a fire had been kindled by some woodmen, and pointing to the sparks flying about, said,
"There you find the glow-worms warming themselves round a fire. When you have done with them, I shall show you some more, at a distance from this place."
The daw darted at the sparks, and tried to swallow some of them; but his mouth being burnt by the attempt, he ran away exclaiming, "Ah, the glow-worm is a dangerous little creature!"
Said the glow-worm with pride,
"Wickedness yields to wisdom!"