The Birch and The Heather (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
The broom (or genista or birch) and the heath (or heather) were complaining to each other. Both were plants, but both silly. They grumbled: "Why is it that the myrtle, which resembles us in appearance, and the rose [resembling us] in delicacy, are so esteemed that they dwell in the homes of the very rich and in the church, while we are dishonored instruments [used] to clean refuse in homes and on the streets"? Saying this, they concealed [the myrtle's and the roses'] fragrance, medicinal properties and general usefulness, and thrusting forth comparison with themselves, caused the complaint to grow. The meaning of this fable is as follows: many who have recently entered the clergy, when designated for some very humble work which befits them, mutter, [saying]: "There are other clerics like us in form. Why are they honored and found doing decent work while we are so disrespected"? And they concealed [the modest clerics'] behavior, which was respect-worthy. For some are priests and in behavior resemble the Lord, like a rose. Others have become fragrant through celebacy from childhood, like the myrtle-tree. Not knowing themselves, they senselessly accuse.