The Swallow in Chancery


A swallow had built her nest in the eves of a court of justice. Before her young ones could fly a serpent gliding out of his hole, ate them all up. When the poor bird returned to her nest and found it empty she began a great wailing; but a neighbor suggested by way of soothing her that she wasn't the first bird that had lost her young. "True," replied the bereaved mother, "but it wasn't my little ones that I grieve for but that I should have had this wrong happen to me in a place where the weak fly for justice."