Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 27. The Man and the Wood (Perry
A Man came into a Wood one day with an axe in his hand, and begged all
the Trees to give him a small branch which he wanted for a particular
purpose. The Trees were good-natured and gave him one of their branches.
What did the Man do but fix it into the axe head, and soon set to work
cutting down tree after tree. Then the Trees saw how foolish they had
been in giving their enemy the means of destroying themselves.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
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