The Hunter and the Snake

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Aesop's Fables: The Woodman and the Snake

One winter day a Woodman was comming home from his when he saw something black lying on the . When he came closer he saw it was a S to all appearance dead. But he took it up and put it in his  to warm while he hurried home. As soon as he got indoors he put the Snake down on the hearth before the .

The watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. Then one of them try to touch it, but the Snake raised its and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death. So the Woodman seized his axe, and with one stroke the Serpent in two. "Ah," said he,

"No gratitude from the wicked."

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