The Crow and The Serpent

A hungry Crow flew down and grabbed a Serpent who looked dead but was alive and turned and bit him with a fatal bite. Bye, bye Crow.

Desire things you don’t understand and you accept the consequences.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

A crow in great want of food saw a Serpent asleep in a sunny nook, and flying down, greedily seized him. The Serpent, turning about, bit the Crow with a mortal wound. In the agony of death, the bird exclaimed: “O unhappy me! who have found in that which I deemed a happy windfall the source of my destruction.”

JBR CollectionJBR Collection (The Raven and The Serpent)

A hungry Raven, searching for prey, came across a Snake lying at full length on a sunny bank. He seized him in his horny beak and would have devoured him, but the Snake, twisting and turning about, bit the Raven with his venomous fangs, so that he died in great pain. In dying, he confessed that he was justly served for seeking to satisfy his appetite at the expense of another’s welfare.

Samuel CroxallSamuel Croxall (The Raven and the Serpent)

Croxall - Raven and SerpentA HUNGRY Raven, flying about in quest of his prey, saw a Serpent basking himself upon the side of a sunny bank: down he soused upon him, and seized him with his horny beak, in order to devour him: but the Serpent, writhing to and fro with the pain, bit the Raven again with his venomous teeth, to such a degree, that he could not survive it. The Raven, in the agonies of death, is said to have confessed that this judgment happened to him justly; since he had attempted to satisfy his craving appetite at the expence of another’s welfare.


They who are of a ravenous, greedy temper, and for swallowing all that comes in their way, may chance to meet with a sting in the end. When people are actuated by an insatiable avarice, they stick at nothing; without considering the lawfulness, or even the real emolument of snapping at all, right or wrong, down it goes; and, if it has but the appearance of gain, they are for making a seisure, let the consequence be what it will.

Thus the covetous, whom God and man abhor, punishes himself for his own iniquity, Being deaf to the voice of conscience, and the dictates of natural reason, and blind to every thing but his own vile selfish views, throws himself after getting, with a precipitate violence, and often dashes himself to pieces upon an unseen rock.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version (A Raven and A Snake)

As a snake lay lazing at his length, in the gleam of the sun, a raven took him up, and flew away with him. The snake kept a twisting and turning, till he bit the raven, and made him curse himself for being such a fool, as to meddle with a purchase that had cost him his life.


Nature has made all the necessaries of life, safe and easie to us, but if we will be hankering after things that we neither want nor understand, we must take our fortune, even if death it self should happen to be in the case.

1001Anguis et Milvus

Milvus raptum anguem, in altum volans, ferebat. At ille, repente conversus ipsumque morsu feriens, illico interfecit. Quapropter anguis morienti milvo aiebat, “Quid tam stultus fuisti ut eos laedere ac ad mortem rapere velles, qui nullam tibi iniuriam intulere? En ut merito eadem refers quae mihi facere parabas.”

Perry #128