A Countryman's son by accident trod
upon a Serpent's tail, which turned
and bit him so that he died.
The father in a rage got his axe,
and pursuing the Serpent, cut off
part of its tail.
So the Serpent in revenge began
stinging several of the Farmer's
cattle and caused him severe loss.
Well, the Farmer thought it best to
make it up with the Serpent, and
brought food and honey to the mouth
of its lair, and said to it:
"Let's forget and forgive; perhaps
you were right to punish my son, and
take vengeance on my cattle, but
surely I was right in trying to
revenge him; now that we are both
satisfied why should not we be
"No, no," said the Serpent;
"take away your gifts; you can
never forget the death of your son,
nor I the loss of my tail."
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Injuries may be forgiven,
but not forgotten"