Kriloff’s Original Fables
A Snake unto a Peasant crept,
And said : ” Good neighbour, let us now be friends ! To fear me still would serve but ill thy ends : Thou see’st that o’er me quite a change hath swept,
The spring hath brought to me another skin.” The Snake, however, no consent could win. The Peasant took his shoe,
And, saying : ” Thou that in a new skin art, Canst hardly yet have changed thy heart,”
His neighbour’s head he split in two.
When once thou’st given for distrust a reason, Then, change thy mask with every season, And still thou wilt be seen through clearly : With thee what happened to the Snake may well occur, or
nearly.

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