A Man came into a forest, and made a petition to the Trees to
provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his
request, and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted
from it a new handle to his axe, than he began to use it, and
quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest. An
old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions,
said to a neighboring cedar: "The first step has lost us all. If we
had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained
our own privileges and have stood for ages."
Moral of Aesops Fable:
In yielding the rights of others, we may endanger our own.
The Trees and the Axe
An Aesop's Fable
With the Moral:
In yielding the rights of others,
we may endanger our own.