The Lion's Share

: Aesop's Fables

The Lion went once a-hunting along with the Fox, the Jackal,

and the Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last they

surprised a Stag, and soon took its life. Then came the question

how the spoil should be divided. "Quarter me this Stag," roared

the Lion; so the other animals skinned it and cut it into four

parts. Then the Lion took his stand in front of the carcass and

pronounced judgment: The first quarter is for me in my capacity

as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share

comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth

quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will

dare to lay a paw upon it."

"Humph," grumbled the Fox as he walked away with his tail

between his legs; but he spoke in a low growl

."You may share the labours of the great,

but you will not share the spoil."