The Old Lion

: Aesop's Fables

A LION, worn out with years and powerless from disease, lay on

the ground at the point of death. A Boar rushed upon him, and

avenged with a stroke of his tusks a long-remembered injury.

Shortly afterwards the Bull with his horns gored him as if he

were an enemy. When the Ass saw that the huge beast could be

assailed with impunity, he let drive at his forehead with his

heels. The expiring Lion said, "I have reluctantly brooked the

insults of the brave, but to be compelled to endure such

treatment from thee, a disgrace to Nature, is indeed to die a

double death."