A Lion, roaming through a forest, trod upon a thorn. Soon afterward
he came up to a Shepherd and fawned upon him, wagging his tail
as if to say, "I am a supplicant, and seek your aid."
The Shepherd boldly examined the beast, discovered the thorn,
and placing his paw upon his lap, pulled it out; thus relieved of his
pain, the Lion returned into the forest.
Some time after, the Shepherd, being imprisoned on a false
accusation, was condemned "to be cast to the Lions" as the
punishment for his imputed crime. But when the Lion was
released from his cage, he recognized the Shepherd as the
man who healed him, and instead of attacking him, approached
and placed his foot upon his lap.
The King, as soon as he heard the tale, ordered the Lion to be
set free again in the forest, and the Shepherd to be pardoned
and restored to his friends.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)