The Peacock and Juno

The peacock made complaint to the goddess Juno that, while the nightingale pleased every ear with his song, he, the proud peacock, no sooner opened his mouth than he became a laughingstock to all who heard him. The goddess, to console him, said; "But you far excel in beauty and in size. The splendor of the emerald shines in your neck and you unfold a tail gorgeous with painted plumage."

"But for what purpose have I," said the bird, "this dumb beauty as long as I am surpassed in song?" "The lot of each," replied Juno, "has been assigned by the will of the Fates?to you, beauty; to the eagle, strength; to the nightingale, song; to the raven, favorable, and to the crow, unfavorable expectations. These are all contented with the endowments allotted to them."