Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
25. The Trees and The Woodman (Perry
The Trees ask of Man what he lacks.
"One bit, just to handle my axe?"
All he asks - well and good:
But he cuts down the wood,
So well does he handle his axe.
GIVE ME AN INCH AND I'LL TAKE AN ELL
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.