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Fable Aesop
The Lion In A Farmyard
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A Lion entered a farmyard. The Farmer, wishing to catch him, shut
the gate. When the Lion found that he could not escape, he flew
upon the sheep and killed them, and then attacked the oxen. The
Farmer, beginning to be alarmed for his own safety, opened the
gate and released the Lion. On his departure the Farmer grievously
lamented the destruction of his sheep and oxen, but his wife, who
had been a spectator to all that took place, said, "On my word, you
are rightly served, for how could you for a moment think of shutting
up a Lion along with you in your farmyard when you know that you
shake in your shoes if you only hear his roar at a distance?"

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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