To eat the green corn, brought up by the spring rains.
A farmer who saw them devouring his corn
Frightened them away by blowing his horn.
The cranes, being light of wing, soon flew away,
Leaving the geese to stand the brunt of the fray.
"Everyone for himself" is what people say,
When, fleeing from danger, they hasten away.
Source: Thummel: Aesop in Rhyme.