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Fable Aesop
The Old Lion
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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."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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