The Swallow, the Serpent, and the Court of Justice (fable)

A SWALLOW, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and there hatched seven young birds.

A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings.

The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly and exclaimed:

“Woe to me a stranger! that in this place where all others’ rights are protected, I alone should suffer wrong.”

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