One wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something black lying on the snow.
When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent to all appearance dead.
But he took it up and put it in his bosom to warm while he hurried home.
As soon as he got indoors he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire.
The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again.
Then one of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death.
So the Woodman seized his axe, and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two.
"Ah," said he, "No gratitude from the wicked."
Aesop Author of the Fable
The Woodman and the Serpent
Nationality of Aesop - Ethiopian or Greek
Lifespan of Aesop - He lived approximately 620 - 560 BC
Life of Aesop - Slave - Author of the book of fables
Famous Works - Aesop's Fable book featuring:
"The Woodman and the Serpent", "The Fisher",
"The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Sick Lion"
The Woodman and the Serpent Fable
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