The Plants (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
An assembly took place among the plants regarding which of them was suited to be their king. Some said: "The date-palm, because it is tall, and has sweet fruit". But the grape vine opposed this, saying: "I am joy, and worthy of the kingship." The fig said: "I [should be king] for I am sweet tasting." But the buck-thorn said: "I am a striker, and as such, am worthy." Thus did each praise himself excessively and say that he needed nothing from others. Now the date-palm, meditating, realized that they did not consent to make these [others] king for they did not want others to grow rich among them. So he said: "I am better suited to be king." All bore witness to this, saying: "You are tall, and have sweet fruit, but you lack two things. For you do not bear fruit when we do, and are unsuited for building, especially since your height makes you displeasing to many." [The date-palm] responded: "I shall reign making you princes, and at the end of my term I shall enthrone your sons." And so he set up the order of the kingdom, making the grape vine their wine steward; the fig, consul; the buck-thorn, executioner, and the pomegranate, physician and other fruits for maintenance: the pine for building, the forest for burning, the blackberry [bush] for a prison, and work for each of the others. This fable illustrates that no one can grow rich without abasement and cannot ascend without dishonor. And further, that many with a tardy hope expect ready presents from their lords.