A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over
his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill
him, when the Mouse piteously entreated him, saying: "If you
would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness."
The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after
this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him
by ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came,
gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaiming:
"You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, to
repay your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a
Mouse to bestow benefits on a Lion."
(translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)