The Crow and Mercury (fable)

A CROW caught in a snare prayed to Apollo to release him, making a vow to offer some frankincense at his shrine. But when rescued from his danger, he forgot his promise.

Shortly afterwards, again caught in a snare, he passed by Apollo and made the same promise to offer frankincense to Mercury.

Mercury soon appeared and said to him,

“O thou most base fellow? how can I believe thee, who hast disowned and wronged thy former patron?”



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