The Lion And The Hunter

: A Hundred Fables Of La Fontaine

A braggart, lover of the chase,

Had lost a dog of valued race,

And thought him in a lion's maw.

He ask'd a shepherd whom he saw,

"Pray show me, man, the robber's place,

And I'll have justice in the case."

"'Tis on this mountain side,"

The shepherd man replied.

"The tribute of a sheep I pay,

Each month, and where I please I stray."

Out leap'd the lion as he spake,

And came that way with agile feet.

The braggart, prompt his flight to take,

Cried, "Jove, O grant a safe retreat!"

_A danger close at hand_

_Of courage is the test._

_It shows us who will stand--_

_Whose legs will run their best._