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
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"In yielding the rights of
others, we may
endanger our own"