Saturday, September 25, 2010

L'Estrange: A Husbandman and a Stork

A poor innocent Stork had the ill Hap to be taken in a Net that was laid for Geese and Cranes. The Stork’s Plea for herself was Simplicity and Piety: The Love she bare to Mankind, and the Service she did in picking up venomous Creatures. This is all true, says the Husbandman; but they that keep ill Company, if they be catch’d with ill Company, must expect to suffer with ill Company.

‘Tis as much as a Man’s Life, Fortune, and Reputation are worth, to keep good Company (over and above the Contagion of leud Examples;) for as Birds of a Feather will flock together, so if the good and bad be taken together, they must expect to go the Way of all Flesh together.

Source: L'Estrange 74.
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