“The Crow and Water” is a poetry analysis selection in Fable & Song.
A Crow with fearful thirst about to die
Perceived a water jar with no one by,
Water there was and plenty, but too low.
He would have overturned it — dealt a blow
To break it, but the jar was stiff and strong
Beyond his strength, but pebbles lay along,
He cast them in, and as they fell and sank
The water rose, and gratefully he drank.
Thus pains and patience work out an intention,
Necessity is mother of invention.
~ Valerius Babrius, translated by John Benson Rose