Swan and the Owl

Once there was a big lake in a forest. There lived a king-swan, who spent his days in a great variety of pastimes. One day an owl visited him. And the swan said: “This is a lonely wood. Where do you come from?” The owl replied: “I came because I heard of your virtues. One must seek company of righteous people.” After this address, the swan gave his assent, saying: “My excellent friend, dwell...
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