The Sick Lion





A LION, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself

with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned

to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking

care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts

expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the

Lion devoured them. After many of the beasts had thus

disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself

to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful

distance, and asked him how he was. "I am very middling,"

replied the Lion, "but why do you stand without? Pray enter

within to talk with me." "No, thank you," said the Fox. "I

notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but

I see no trace of any returning."



He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.





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