On that day, a king’s heart was stolen by the beautiful chirping of a strange bird.
The king then thought, “I shall make a harp out of that strange bird.”
The next morning, he ordered a pair of skilled sibling blacksmiths to construct such an instrument in exchange for a large sum of gold.
A lazy elder brother and a diligent younger brother.
Although their attitudes towards work differed, they lived together in harmony.
Yet money in great quantity easily draws out the true nature of a person.
The younger brother completed the king’s request while the elder brother still slept.
With great joy, the younger brother displayed the strange bird’s carcass.
Without thinking, the elder brother stabbed him with a knife.
The elder brother’s eyes had been clouded by greed.
He blamed the younger brother’s death on the strange bird, and brought its carcass to the king.
The harp was built soon after.
The king attempted to play it.
As he did, the harp began to sing.
“Overcome with evil intentions, that elder brother killed his younger brother.”
Having understood everything, the king beheaded the elder brother.
Translation by Warusou