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Author: Phaedrus - 41 AD

Original version in English
  by C. Smart

Source: The Fables of Phaedrus

Country of origin: Italy

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The Man and the Adder

Phaedrus / C. Smart

He, that malicious men relieves,
His folly in a season grieves.
A Man, against himself humane,
Took up an Adder, that had lain
And stiffen'd in the frosty air,
And in his bosom placed with care,
Where she with speed recovering breath,
Her benefactor stung to death.
Another Adder near the place,
On asking why she was so base,
Was told, " 'Tis others to dissuade
From giving wickedness their aid."