The Bird-Catcher and the Viper

07. THE BIRD-CATCHER AND THE VIPER. A bird-catcher seeing a thrush sitting upon a tree, and wishing to capture it, prepared his net and watched his opportunity, having his thoughts directed intently upon his object. Unawares, he trod upon a Viper that lay asleep in the grass. The Viper stung him, when he, falling into a swoon, said to himself, “Woe is me! While I purposed to kill another, I myself have fallen into the snare of death.” MORAL. Men often unawares fall into the snare they lay for others. [more info]

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