“The Cat And The Nightingale”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Cat And The Nightingale

A CAT, which had caught a Nightingale, stuck its claws into the poor bird, and, pressing it lovingly, said,

” Dear Nightingale, my soul ! I hear that you are everywhere renowned for song, and that you are considered equal to the finest singers. My gossip, the Fox, tells me that your voice- is so sonorous and wonderful that, at the sound of your entrancing songs, all the shepherds and shepherdesses go out of their wits. I have greatly desired to hear you — don’t tremble so, and don’t be obstinate, my dear : never fear ; I haven’t the least wish to eat you. Only sing me something ; then I will give you your liberty, and release you to wander through the woods and forests. I don’t yield to you in love for music, and I often purr myself to sleep.”

Meanwhile our poor Nightingale scarcely breathed under the Cat’s claws.

” Well, why don’t you begin ? ” continued the Cat. ” Sing away, dear, however little it may be.”

But our songster didn’t sing ; only uttered a shrill cry.

” What ! is it with that you have entranced the forest ? ” mockingly asked the Cat. “Where is the clearness, the strength, of which every one talks incessantly? Such a squeaking I ‘m tired of hearing from my kittens. No ; I see that you haven’t the least skill in song. Let ‘s see how you will taste between my teeth.”

And it ate up the poor singer, bones and all.

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The Peasant And The Horse > > >

Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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