The Horse and the Stag

A horse had the whole range of a meadow to himself, but a stag come and damaged the pasture. The horse, anxious to have his revenge, asked a man if he could not assist him in punishing the stag. "Yes," said the man, "only let me put a bit in your mouth and get upon your back and I will find the weapons." The horse agreed and the man mounted accordingly. But instead of getting his revenge, the horse has been from that time forward the slave of man.

Revenge is too dearly purchased at the price of liberty.