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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney


 

 

JUPITER AND THE BEE

[159]

A
BEE made Jupiter a present of a pot of honey, which was so kindly taken that he bade her ask what she would in exchange.

The Bee, who was nursing a private for the loss of some of her winterís store, desired of Jupiter that wherever she should set her sting it might be mortal.

Jupiter was loath to leave mankind at the mercy of a little spiteful insect, and was annoyed at the ill nature shown in her wish. He said, therefore, that while, for his promisesís sake, he would give her the power to harm, she must be careful how she used the power, for where she planted her sting, she would leave it, and would thereby risk her own life.

[160] Ill will often does greater harm to the one who acts from it than to the one on whom it falls.


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