A Lion roaming by the seashore saw a Dolphin lift up its head out
of the waves, and suggested that they contract an alliance, saying
that of all the animals they ought to be the best friends, since the
one was the king of beasts on the earth, and the other was the
sovereign ruler of all the inhabitants of the ocean. The Dolphin
gladly consented to this request. Not long afterwards the Lion
had a combat with a wild bull, and called on the Dolphin to help him.
The Dolphin, though quite willing to give him assistance, was unable
to do so, as he could not by any means reach the land. The Lion
abused him as a traitor. The Dolphin replied, "Nay, my friend, blame
not me, but Nature, which, while giving me the sovereignty of the
sea, has quite denied me the power of living upon the land."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)