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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

442- A Crow Desiring to Be an Eagle

 

While two crows where standing on the branch of a tree conversing, one of them stood gazing at a big eagle who fell on a lamb, held it between his claws, and flew with it up. The old sheep where terrified and the shepherds were gazing up towards the flying eagle motionless not knowing what to do.

The crow said in a loud voice, What a heroic eagle! He shook the hearts of all the sheep and the shepherds! Ill also be a hero like him. Ill fall on a lamb and carry it up between my claws and fly with it up in the sky. Ill go now and fulfill the desire of my heart.

St-Takla.org Image: Crows and Ravens (photo 41), Alexandria Zoo, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, 29 June 2014, 20 Sep. 2015. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: غربان (صورة 41)، حديقة الحيوان، الإسكندرية، مصر - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 29 يونيو 2014، 20 سبتمبر 2015 م.

St-Takla.org Image: Crows and Ravens (photo 41), Alexandria Zoo, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, 29 June 2014, 20 Sep. 2015.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: غربان (صورة 41)، حديقة الحيوان، الإسكندرية، مصر - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 29 يونيو 2014، 20 سبتمبر 2015 م.

His friend commented, What are you thinking of my friend? Youre a crow not an eagle. Let the eagle be proud of being an eagle and let us be proud of our race as crows. The eagle doesnt imitate a crow and it isnt fit for a crow to imitate an eagle. Listen to my advice my dear friend. Dont do anything thats over your capabilities and dont imitate him whos stronger than you so as not to fail. Know your potentials before taking any action.

The crow didnt hearken to his friend but flew and circled around the sheep and chose for himself a lamb with thick, beautiful wool. The crow fell on the lamb with his claws trying to hold it and carry it up in the sky. Nevertheless, his claws stuck in the thick wool and he wasnt able to carry the lamb or to save his claws from the wool of the lamb.

The shepherd ran towards the sheep, caught the crow with ease and released his claws from the fur.

The shepherd put the crow in a small cage and offered it as a gift to his young son who started to play with him. The crow desired to escape but he failed and was mocked by all.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: غراب أراد أن يصير نسرًا!

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Grant me oh Lord not to think of myself more highly than I ought to think,

But to act soberly.

That I may acknowledge my capabilities,

And be proud of what my God has granted me.

Thus, I may live to be successful and thankful forever.


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