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Fable Aesop
The Bowman And the Lion
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A very skillful Bowman went to the mountains in search of game,
but all the beasts of the forest fled at his approach. The Lion
alone challenged him to combat. The Bowman immediately
shot out an arrow and said to the Lion: "I send thee my messenger,
that from him thou mayest learn what I myself shall be when I
assail thee." The wounded Lion rushed away in great fear, and
when a Fox who had seen it all happen told him to be of good
courage and not to back off at the first attack he replied: "You
counsel me in vain; for if he sends so fearful a messenger, how
shall I abide the attack of the man himself?"

Be on guard against men who can strike from a distance.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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