The Beasts of the field and forest had a Lion as their king.
He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle
as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal proclamation
for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up
conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb,
the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the
Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity.
The Hare said, "Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which
the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the
strong." And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)