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“The Lion”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

Russian Fable

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The Lion


WHEN the Lion became old and weak, his hard bed began to annoy him. It made his very bones ache ; besides, it did not warm him. So he summons his nobles to his side, long-haired and shaggy wolves and bears, and says, ” Friends, to old bones like mine, my bed has now become intolerably hard. So find out some way, without oppressing either the poor or the rich, to collect fleeces for me, that I may not have to sleep on the bare stones.”


” Most illustrious Lion !” answer the grandees, ” who would think of grudging you his skin, not to speak of his fleece ? And are there but few shaggy beasts among us here ? As to stags, hinds, chamois, and goats, they scarcely pay any tribute at all. We will take their fleeces from them at once. They will not be any the worse for that ; on the contrary, indeed, they will be all the lighter for it.”


This very wise advice was immediately carried out. The Lion could not sufficiently praise the zeal of his friends. But in what had they shown themselves zealous ? Only in this, that they caught the poor creatures, and sent them away completely shorn. But they themselves, though they were twice as hirsute, did not contribute so much as a single hair of their own ; on the contrary, each of them who happened to be on the spot turned that tribute to good account, and provided himself with a mattress for the winter.




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Russian LiteratureChildren BooksRussian PoetryIvan. A. KrylovContents

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