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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Fowler And The Viper

A Fowler, taking his bird-lime and his twigs, went out to catch birds.
Seeing a thrush sitting upon a tree, he wished to take it, and
fitting his twigs to a proper length, watched intently, having his
whole thoughts directed towards the sky. While thus looking
upwards, he unknowingly trod upon a Viper asleep just before
his feet. The Viper, turning about, stung him, and falling into a
swoon, the man said to himself, "Woe is me! that while I purposed
to hunt another, I am myself fallen unawares into the snares of

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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