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Created On 17 September 1997
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There once was a sparrow  who lived in a bush near some fields. Each day, he saw a mighty eagle  flying in the air and thought "I wish I were an eagle, flying so high".
The eagle swooped down, grabbed a lamb in its talons and carried it off.
"I wish I could do that" said the sparrow. "But, I have wings like the Eagle and feathers as bright, why can't I do it?"
With this, the sparrow took off and flew to the fields, where he swooped down on a lamb. But he was not strong and was caught up in the fleece.
The shepherd came along and found the sparrow, so he untangled it, tied a string around its leg, took it home and gave it to his sons to play with.
So, beware, listener, lest you aspire above your station and end up a slave. 
 Adapted from a tale in "One Thousand Nights and One Night".  The sparrow is a peasant's bird.  The eagle is the bird representing the Emperor.  This is a Dara Happan cautionary tale, designed
to ensure that people remain in their place. It was told to
Solarus Skywatch, a Yelmalion nobelman who wished to be a king.