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The Viper and The Farmer
Attribution
Name:

The Viper and The Farmer

Proprietor:

Aesop

Classification:

Fable


One winter a farmer found a viper frozen and numb with cold, and out of pity picked it up and placed it in his bosom. The viper was no sooner revived by the warmth, than it turned upon its benefactor and inflicted a fatal bite upon him, and, as the poor man lay dying, he cried;

I have only got what I deserved for taking compassion on so villainous a creature.

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