One wintry day a Woodman was
tramping home from his work when he
saw something black lying on the
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 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
So the Woodman seized his axe, and
with one stroke cut the Serpent in
two. "Ah," said he, "No
gratitude from the wicked."
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"No gratitude from the