The Woodman And The Serpent

ONE wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something
black lying on the snow. 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 fire.
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 death. So the Woodman seized his axe, and
with one stroke cut the Serpent in two. &#147;Ah,&#148; said he,<br>
<p><p>&#147;NO GRATITUDE FROM THE WICKED.&#148; <br>