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Hawk and the Nightingale

This is a great aesop fables story, “Hawk And The Nightingale”. One sunny afternoon a hawk set out to search for food. He flew through the sky, looking for a suitable prey. All day he flew from one place to another, but he found nothing.  “I should return home now,” hawk decided. He had become tired by now. Just when he was about to return home, a nightingale caught the hawk’s eye.

The nightingale was sitting peacefully on a branch and minding its own business. After seeing the nightingale, the hawk was extremely relieved. “Now, I won’t have to go to sleep on an empty stomach,” thought the hawk. “This nightingale shall be my prey,” the hawk thought. The hawk-eyed the nightingale greedily and flew towards the branch on which the nightingale was sitting on. Also read, The Nightingale Story.

aesop fables story

aesop fables story

Image Source–> www.lostinspaceandtime.net. Upon reaching the branch, he clutched the nightingale in his claws at once. The poor nightingale trembled with fear. The nightingale knew the hawk would eat the nightingale. After, catching the nightingale the hawk flew off to a rock. When they reached the rock, the nightingale tried to plead for her life. “Great hawk,” the nightingale started, “I sing sweetly. I will sing beautiful songs for you if you do not eat me.”

“Besides, I am very small for the great hawk’s stomach,” the nightingale continued. “Please, great hawk, spare my life!” The hawk laughed loudly and told the little nightingale, “But you see little nightingale, beautiful music does not fill up an empty stomach.”

“But, please great hawk reconsider,” the poor nightingale continued to plead. “I am such a tiny bird, I won’t be able to satisfy your hunger.” The poor nightingale began crying at this point. “But why should I let you go?” the wicked hawk laughed. “It is always better to have something to eat. A little catch always better than the larger catch that I have not yet caught.”

The nightingale realized it was useless to plead for its life now. It was useless to plead before a cruel enemy. The nightingale gave up and the hawk ate the nightingale in one gulp. You may also like to read, Paying Back In The Same Coin.

MORAL OF AESOP FABLES STORY: DON’T LET THE THOUGHT OF GREATER THINGS PREVENT YOU FROM ENJOYING WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE.