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The Lion and the Hunter

(Recueil 1, Livre 6, Fable 2)

 

 

A braggart, lover of the chase,

Had lost a dog of valued race,

And thought him in a lion's maw.

He asked a shepherd whom he saw,

"Pray show me, man, the robber's place,

And I'll have justice in the case."

"It's on this mountain side,"

The shepherd man replied.

"The tribute of a sheep I pay,

Each month, and where I please I stray."

Out leaped the lion as he spake,

And came that way, with agile feet.

The braggart, prompt his flight to take,

Cried, "Jove, O grant a safe retreat!"

A danger close at hand

Of courage is the test.

It shows us who will stand

Whose legs will run their best.

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 6, Fable 2

 

 

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