A Labourer lay listening to a Nightingale’s song throughout
the summer night. So pleased was he with it that the next
night he set a trap for it and captured it. ‘Now that I have
caught thee,’ he cried, ‘thou shalt always sing to me.’
‘We Nightingales never sing in a cage.’ said the bird.
‘Then I’ll eat thee.’ said the Labourer. ‘I have always heard
say that a nightingale on toast is dainty morsel.’
‘Nay, kill me not,’ said the Nightingale; ‘but let me free,
and I’ll tell thee three things far better worth than my
poor body.’ The Labourer let him loose, and he flew up to a
branch of a tree and said: ‘Never believe a captive’s promise;
that’s one thing. Then again: Keep what you have. And third
piece of advice is: Sorrow not over what is lost forever.’
the song-bird flew away.