The Raven and Serpent

194. THE RAVEN AND SERPENT. A hungry raven, flying about in quest of his prey, saw a serpent basking himself upon the side of a sunny bank: down he soused upon him, and seized him with his horny beak, in order to devour him: but the serpent, writhing to and fro with the pain, bit the raven again with his venomous teeth to such a degree that he could not survive it. The raven, in the agonies of death, is said to have confessed that this judgment happened to him justly, since he had attempted to satisfy his craving appetite at the expense of another's welfare. [more info]

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