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

65. A FOWLER AND A PIGEON (Perry 115)

As a Country Fellow was making a Shoot at a Pigeon, he trod upon a Snake that bit him by the Leg. The Surprize startled him, and away flew the Bird.
THE MORAL. We are to distinguish betwixt the Benefits of good Will, and those of Providence: For the latter are immediately from Heaven, where no humane Intention intervenes.

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