Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
285. (not in Abstemius) A Snake to Jupiter.
A Snake that found himself persecuted by Men, appeal'd to Jupiter for Relief; who told him that it was his own Fault; for (says he) if you had but bit the first Man that affronted ye; the second would have taken warning by't.
The putting up of one Affront draws on another.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.