The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (fable)

A TRUMPETER, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by the enemy. He cried out to his captors,

“Pray spare me, and do not take my life without cause or without inquiry. I have not slain a single man of your troop. I have no arms, and carry nothing but this one brass trumpet.”

“That is the very reason for which you should be put to death,” they said; “for, while you do not fight yourself, your trumpet stirs all the others to battle.”


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