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M0540 = Perry277. Source: Irenaeus 281. This is Perry 277. This fable alludes to the mythological tale of Procne and Philomela, the daughters of Pandion, king of Athens. When Procne’s husband, Tereus, raped her sister, Philomela, he then cut out Philomela’s tongue so that she would not be able to denounce him. One version of the legend says that Philomela was then turned into a swallow, while Procne became a nightingale. For a comical take on this tragic story, see #486.