A Serpent stretched upon the ground
Lifeless and stiff. Touched by the sight
Of the poor frozen creature's plight,
He bore it home with him and there
Brought it to life, with warmth and care.
No sooner was the Serpent quite
Recovered, than it sprang to bite
The good man's hands. "So that's the way,"
Exclaimed the Farmer, "you repay
A friendly turn!" With that, he plied
His stick till he was satisfied,
Beyond a doubt, this time the Snake
was really dead and no mistake.
Source: Herford Aesop 2.
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