The Hen and the Swallow
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 surely inflict injury on all of us, beginning with yourself?
If we nourish evil, it will sooner or later turn upon us.
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.