A Wild Ass and a Lion entered into an alliance so that they might
capture the beasts of the forest with greater ease. The Lion
agreed to assist the Wild Ass with his strength, while the Wild Ass
gave the Lion the benefit of his greater speed. When they had
taken as many beasts as their necessities required, the Lion
undertook to distribute the prey, and for this purpose divided
it into three shares. "I will take the first share," he said, "because
I am King: and the second share, as a partner with you in the
chase: and the third share (believe me) will be a source of great
evil to you, unless you willingly resign it to me, and set off as fast
as you can."
Might makes right.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)