The Eagle and the Arrow – AESOP’S FABLES (nothing goes nearer a man in his misfortunes, then to find himself undone by his own folly, what a great irony!)

A bowman, taking careful aim,

Had brought an eagle low,

Who, as he fluttered earthward, came

To learn what caused his woe.


Out of the shaft some feathers stuck,

Which he of old had known-

Complaining at his cruel luck,

He saw they were his own.


Thus in his helpless final throes

The stricken bird was ruing

That often we may give our foes

The tools for our undoing.

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