Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
41. THE AX AND THE TREES
Perry 302 (Ademar
When a man had made an axe, he asked the trees to give him a handle made
of the hardest wood. The other trees selected the wood of the wild olive.
The man took the handle and fitted it to his axe. Then, without a moment's
hesitation, he began to chop down the trees' mighty branches and trunks,
taking whatever he wanted. The oak tree then said to the ash, 'It serves
us right, since we gave our enemy the handle he asked for!'
You should think twice before offering anything to your enemies.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.