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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

127. WASPS IN A HONEY POT (Perry 80)

There was a whole swarm of Wasps got into a Honey-Pot, and there they cloy’d and clamm’d themselves, till there was not getting out again; which brought them to understand in the Conclusion, that they had paid dear for their Sweetmeats.
THE MORAL. Loose Pleasures become necessary to us by the frequent Use of them, and when they come once to be habitual, there’s no getting clear again.

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