The King's Son and the Painted Lion

: Aesop's Fables

A KING, whose only son was fond of martial exercises, had a dream

in which he was warned that his son would be killed by a lion.

Afraid the dream should prove true, he built for his son a

pleasant palace and adorned its walls for his amusement with all

kinds of life-sized animals, among which was the picture of a

lion. When the young Prince saw this, his grief at being thus

confined burst out afresh, and, standing nea
the lion, he said:

"O you most detestable of animals! through a lying dream of my

father's, which he saw in his sleep, I am shut up on your account

in this palace as if I had been a girl: what shall I now do to

you?' With these words he stretched out his hands toward a

thorn-tree, meaning to cut a stick from its branches so that he

might beat the lion. But one of the tree's prickles pierced his

finger and caused great pain and inflammation, so that the young

Prince fell down in a fainting fit. A violent fever suddenly set

in, from which he died not many days later.

We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them.