And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?…
Some few monks came into Brittany in ages past, when that country was heathen. They built a rude shed in which to dwell, and a chapel of moor stones, and then prepared to till the soil. But, alas! they had not any wheat. Then one spied a robin redbreast sitting on a cross they had set up, and from his beak dangled an ear of wheat. They drove the bird away, and secured the grain, sowed it, and next year had more; sowed again, and so by degrees were able to sow large fields, and gather abundant harvests. If you go now into Brittany, and wonder at the waving fields of golden grain, the peasants will tell you all came from robin redbreast's ear of corn. And they have turned the redbreast's ear of corn into a proverb.
(S. Baring Gould, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?