Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Labourer and the Nightingale
A LABOURER lay listening to a Nightingales 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, though shalt always sing to me.
Nay, kill me not, said the Nightingale; but let me free, and Ill 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 captives promise; thats one thing. Then again: Keep what you have. And third piece of advice is: Sorrow not over what is lost forever. Then the song-bird flew away.