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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 007)

Based on Παῖς ἀκρίδας θηρεύων καὶ σκορπίος

Country of origin: Greece


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The Boy Hunting Locusts

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A BOY was hunting for locusts. He had caught a goodly number, when he saw a Scorpion, and mistaking him for a locust, reached out his hand to take him. The Scorpion, showing his sting, said: If you had but touched me, my friend, you would have lost me, and all your locusts too!"