The Peasant and the Apple Tree


A peasant had an apple tree which bore no fruit but only supplied a perch for the sparrows and grasshoppers. He decided to cut it down. While chopping at its roots the grasshoppers and sparrows begged him not to cut the tree that sheltered them and they would sing to him while he was at his labors. Paying no heed he gave the tree another blow with the ax. Reaching the hollow of the tree he found a hive full of honey. Having tasted the honeycomb he threw down his ax and looking upon the tree as sacred, took great care of it.