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Baby's Own Aesop (1887)

11. The Snake and The File (Perry 93)

A Snake, in a fix, tried a File
For a dinner. "'Tis not worth your while,"
Said the steel, "Don't mistake:
I'm accustomed to take;
To give's not the way of a File."

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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.