The Sow bringing forth and the Wolf

The New Fables—attributed to Phædrus
We must first make trial of a Man before we entrust ourselves to him.
A Sow was lying and groaning, her travail coming on; a Wolf came running to her aid, and, offering his assistance, said that he could perform the duties of midwife. She, however, understanding the treachery of the wicked animal, rejected the suspicious services of the evil-doer, and said: “If you keep at a greater distance it is enough.”
But had she entrusted herself to the perfidious Wolf, she would have had just as much pain to cry for, and her death into the bargain.

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