The Hen and the Swallow

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The Hen and the Swallow
by Aesop
Translated by George Fyler Townsend (1887)

A Hen finding the eggs of a viper and carefully keeping them warm, nourished them into life. A Swallow, observing what she had done, said, "You silly creature! why have you hatched these vipers which, when they shall have grown, will inflict injury on all, beginning with yourself?"