AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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peace. When the coast was clear the timid one ran back, and, flourishing his weapon, cried in a threatening voice, Where is he? Let me get at him, and I'll soon let him know whom he's got to deal with." But the other replied, You are a little late, my friend : I only wish you had backed me up just now, even if you had done no more than speak, for I should have been encouraged, believing your words to be true. As it is, calm yourself, and put up your sword : there is no further use for it. You may delude others into thinking you're as brave as a lion : but I know that, at the first sign of danger, you run away like a hare."
A LION and a Wild Ass went out hunting together : the latter was to run down the prey by his superior speed, and the former would then come up and despatch it. They met with great success ; and when it came to sharing the spoil the Lion divided it all into three equal portions. " I will take the first," said he, l because I am King of the beasts ; I will also take the second, because, as your partner, I am entitled to half of what remains ; and as for the thirdówell, unless you give it up to me and take yourself off pretty quick, the third, believe me, will make you feel very sorry for yourself ! 1
Might makes right.