Thursday, September 23, 2010

Herford: The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

Once a Donkey, wondering
How it felt to be a King,
Donned a Lion's skin he found
Left by hunters on the ground.
Thus in Regal Robe arrayed,
All the other Beasts, dismayed
When they saw him coming, fled,
Save the Fox, who laughed and said,
"You're no Lion, that I know
By your voice, my friend, for tho'
I've seen some Lions in my day,
I've yet to hear a Lion bray!"

Source: Herford Aesop 44.
Asinus in Pelle Leonis

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