Monday, September 6, 2010

L'Estrange: A Swan and a Goose

The Master of a House brought up a Swan and a Goose both together; the One for his Ear, and the Other for his Belly. He gave Orders for the Goose to be taken up and Dress’d for Dinner. But the Place was so Dark, that the Cook took One for T’other. This Mistake had Cost the Swan her Life, if she had not Sung in that very Instant, and discover’d her self; by which Means she both sav’d her Life and Express’d her Nature.

A Man cannot be too Careful of what he does, where the Life of any Creature is in Question.

Source: L'Estrange XXX.
Cygnus et Coquus

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Billinghurst images. The fable supposedly takes place at night, but of course nighttime is not very congenial for the artist's medium!

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