The Serpent and the Eagle

: Aesop's Fables

A SERPENT and an Eagle were struggling with each other in deadly

conflict. The Serpent had the advantage, and was about to

strangle the bird. A countryman saw them, and running up, loosed

the coil of the Serpent and let the Eagle go free. The Serpent,

irritated at the escape of his prey, injected his poison into the

drinking horn of the countryman. The rustic, ignorant of his

danger, was about to drink, when the Eagle struck his hand with

his wing, and, seizing the drinking horn in his talons, carried

it aloft.