THE CLOCK AND THE SUNDIAL: A FABLE
- One gloomy day, the clock on a church steeple, looking down on a sundial, said, “How stupid it is in you to stand there all the while like a stock!
- “You never tell the hour till a bright sun looks forth from the sky, and gives you leave. I go merrily round, day and night, in summer and winter the same, without asking his leave.
- “I tell the people the time to rise, to go to dinner, and to come to church.
- “Hark! I am going to strike now; one, two, three, four. There it is for you. How silly you look! You can say nothing.”
- The sun, at that moment, broke forth from behind a cloud, and showed, by the sundial, that the clock was half an hour behind the right time.
- The boasting clock now held his tongue, and the dial only smiled at his folly.
- MORAL.–Humble modesty is more often right than a proud and boasting spirit.
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