The Trees and Ax


A woodman came into a forest to ask the trees to give him a handle for his ax. It seemed so modest a thing to ask for, that the trees agreed to it at once and it was settled that the plain homely Ash should provide what was wanted.

No sooner had the woodman fitted the staff to his purpose than he began laying about him on all sides felling the noblest and best trees in the wood. The Oak now seeing the whole matter too late whispered to the Cedar, "The first concession has lost all; if we had not delivered up our humble neighbor we might all have been standing for ages."