The Poplar (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
Agriculturalists were watering cotton plants near a poplar [ saws] tree and were telling each other to be careful not to step on the "cotton tree." Hearing this, the poplar grew angry [since they] called it a [cotton] tree. It said: "Why do you call it—like me—a tree, while I am so dense, so tall, and occupy much ground?" Publicly, unafraid, the cotton plant replied: "You are tall and dense, but useless—praised neither for building, fruit, nor combustion. But you do have a heavy shade for which you are blamed particularly, rather than praised. Now I, although poor and weak, have many uses: not only to the wealthy, but to the poor, in [my] cultivation, picking, and working. I become clothing, like fleece from sheep, linen from flax, and silk from worms. You have nothing of the sort, only cones". So rebuked, [the poplar] was quiet. The words of this fable silence the vain human boasts which some have in [their] appearance and stature, [the boasters themselves] being frequently of no use for everyday things as well as for the spiritual. They despise the sight of others, weak and of short stature, [but] who are useful in many human things and bring riches. [Yet] such [useful ones] are praised by the facts [though] chided for vain pursuits.