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Fable Aesop
The Wolf And The Lion
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Roaming by the mountainside at sundown, a Wolf saw his own
shadow become greatly extended and magnified, and he said
to himself, "Why should I, being of such an immense size and
extending nearly an acre in length, be afraid of the Lion? Ought
I not to be acknowledged as King of all the collected beasts?"

While he was indulging in these proud thoughts, a Lion fell upon
him and killed him. He exclaimed with a too late repentance,
"Wretched me! this overestimation of myself is the cause of my

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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