The Swallow, The Serpent, and The Court of Justice

A Swallow nested on the Court of Justice. A Snake came and ate her babies. She bemoaned how she got no justice where others did.

Justice is fickle.

A Swallow built herself a next in the wall of a Court of Justice and hatched seven young birds. A Serpent, gliding past the next, ate all seven nestlings. The Swallow, on returning and finding her next empty exclaimed: “Woe, that in this place where all others’ rights are protected, I should suffer wrong.”

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A Swallow, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and there hatched seven young birds. A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings. The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly and exclaimed: “Woe to me a stranger! that in this place where all others’ rights are protected, I alone should suffer wrong.”

1001Hirundo et Anguis

In foro, ubi iudicia fieri solebant, affixerat nidum suum hirundo; huius pullos anguis laesit. Tum illa “O conditionem miseram,” inquit, “cum eo loco, ubi alii ius suum obtinent, mihi potissimum vis et iniuria allata fuit.”

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