The Viper And The Leech

: Literary Fables Of Yriarte

"A strangely inconsistent crew!"--

Said the Viper to the simple Leech,--

"Men fly from me and seek for you;

Although they get a bite from each."

"All very true,"--the Leech replied,--

"But the two things are different quite.

I bite the sick, to give them aid;

To kill the sound and well, you bite."

Now, gentle reader, with you take

This counsel, as we part:

And always due distinction make,

If from the lash you smart.

Great is the difference between

Correction kind and malice keen.