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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE GNAT AND THE LION
A GNAT once went up to a Lion and said,' I am not in the least afraid of you : I don't even allow that you are a match for me in strength. What does your strength amount to after all ? That you can scratch with your claws and bite with your teeth—just like a woman in a temper—and nothing more. But I'm stronger than you : if you don't believe it, let us fight and see." So saying, the Gnat sounded his horn, and darted in and bit the Lion on the nose. When the Lion felt the sting, in his haste to crush him he scratched his nose badly, and made it bleed, but failed altogether to hurt the
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