Monday, April 25, 2011

The Rose and the Amaranth

The Rose and the Amaranth
A Rose and an Amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden,
and the Amaranth said to her neighbour,
"How I envy you your beauty and your sweet scent!
No wonder you are such a universal favourite."
But the Rose replied with a shade of sadness in her voice,
"Ah, my dear friend, I bloom but for a time:
my petals soon wither and fall, and then I die.
But your flowers never fade, even if they are cut;
for they are everlasting."
"Greatness carries its own penalties."
Aesop's Fables 6th Century B.C.

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