The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

This entry is part 50 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

A Trumpeter during a battle ventured too near the enemy and was captured by them. They were about to proceed to put him to death when he begged them to hear his plea for mercy.

‘I do not fight,’ said he, ‘and indeed carry no weapon; I only blow this trumpet, and surely that cannot harm you; then why should you kill me?’

‘You may not fight yourself,’ said the others, ‘but you encourage and guide your men to the fight.’

Words may be deeds.

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

Aesop

Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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