The Vain Jackdaw

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  JUPITER DETERMINED1, it is said, to create a sovereign over the

  birds, and made proclamation that on a certain day they should

  all present themselves before him, when he would himself choose

  the most beautiful among them to be king. The Jackdaw, knowing

  his own ugliness, searched through the woods and fields, and

  collected the feathers which had fallen from the wings of his

  companions, and stuck them in all parts of his body, hoping

  thereby to make himself the most beautiful of all. When the

  appointed day arrived, and the birds had assembled before

  Jupiter, the Jackdaw also made his appearance in his many

  feathered finery. But when Jupiter proposed to make him king

  because of the beauty of his plumage, the birds indignantly

  protested, and each plucked from him his own feathers, leaving

  the Jackdaw nothing but a Jackdaw.

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