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Fable Aesop
The Ass, The Cock, And The Lion
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An Ass and a Cock were in a straw-yard together when a Lion,
desperate from hunger, approached the spot. He was about to
spring upon the Ass, when the Cock (to the sound of whose
voice the Lion, it is said, has a singular aversion) crowed loudly,
and the Lion fled away as fast as he could. The Ass, observing
his trepidation at the mere crowing of a Cock summoned courage
to attack him, and galloped after him for that purpose. He had run
no long distance, when the Lion, turning about, seized him and
tore him to pieces. False confidence often leads into danger.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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