The Countryman and the Snake

018. THE COUNTRYMAN AND THE SNAKE A Countryman, returning home one winter’s day, found a Snake by the hedge-side, half dead with cold. Taking Compassion on the creature, he laid it in his bosom, and brought it home to his fireside to revive it. No sooner had the warmth restored it, than it began to attack the children of the cottage. Upon this the Countryman, whose compassion had saved its life, took up a mattock and laid the Snake dead at his feet.
Those who return evil for good, may expect their neighbour’s pity to be worn out at last. [more info]

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