Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
162. The Oak and the Woodcutters (Perry
THE WOODCUTTER cut down a Mountain Oak and split it in pieces, making
wedges of its own branches for dividing the trunk. The Oak said with a
sigh, 'I do not care about the blows of the axe aimed at my roots, but
I do grieve at being torn in pieces by these wedges made from my own branches.'
Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest to bear.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google