Jupiter and a Serpent

Jupiter had Presents made him upon his Wedding-Day, greater or less, from all living Creatures. A Serpent brought him a Rose in his Mouth for an Offering. The thing was acceptable enough, but not the Presenter; for (says Jupiter) though Gifts are welcome to me, of themselves, I must not yet receive any from a Serpent.
He that receives a Present, contracts an Obligation; which a Body would be asham'd of in the Case of an ill Man; for it looks towards making a Friendship with them.

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