Philomel and Progne





Philomel and Progne were sisters. However, once, a man hurt Philomel, thus, she was scared of men. The two sisters were so beautiful and intelligent that one day, a jealous Witch turned Progne into a Swallow, and Philomel into a Nightingale.

They lived apart from each other for many, many years. Progne, the Swallow, built her nest in the Church towers in a city. Philomel, the Nightingale, lived in a valley, surrounded by a forest.

One day, when Progne discovered where Philomel lived, she went to meet her.

“My darling sister, how are you? I haven’t seen you for a very long time! How long will you live this dull life?” said Progne.

Philomel said, sweetly, “Where else can I find such a beautiful life?”

“Beautiful?” replied an annoyed Progne. `You sing for animals, villagers and trees! Your melodies are wasted on them.”

“Come and live in the city. They will appreciate you and your songs. The forest scares me.”

“Alas,” said Philomel, the Nightingale. “The man hurt me deeply. I cannot forget it if I live in the city. I like to stay in the peaceful forest where I am happy.”

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