(18) The Bowman and the Lion

The Man who was very skilful with his bow went up into the mountains to hunt. At his approach there was instantly a great consternation and rout among all the wild beasts, the Lion alone showing any determination to fight.

"Stop," said the Bowman to him, "and await my messenger, who has something to say to you."

With that he sent an arrow after the Lion and wounded him in the side. The Lion, smarting with anguish, fled into the depth of the thickets, but a Fox seeing him run bade him takes courage and face his enemy.

"No," said the Lion, "you will not persuade me to that; for if the messenger he sends is so sharp, what must be the power of him who sends it?"


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