Aesop for Inspiration

Gutenberg.org has Aesop’s Fables available. One of the short tales is:

The Farmer and the Snake

ONE WINTER a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The Snake was quickly revived by the warmth, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting on him a mortal wound. “Oh,” cried the Farmer with his last breath, “I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel.”

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.

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The Snake” is a song and single by American singer Al Wilson, written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Farmer and the Viper. (wiki)

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Al Wilson at youtube.

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On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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“I saved you,” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die.”
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“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.
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“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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 (Lyricsfreak)
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Today’s Assignment:
Write down your interpretation of the lyrics to Al Wilson’s song.
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Jack Hanna can be seen in Borneo with the snakes in Season 4 — Episode Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 9.11.27 AM
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(available on Netflix)