Thursday, September 23, 2010

Herford: The Lioness

Once the wilderness was rent
With a storm of argument.
Never was there such a din!
All the animals joined in,
Big and little, as they tried
This Great Question to decide,
Which of them could mother be
To the largest family.
When convinced at last that they
Could not settle it that way,
To the Lioness they went.
"Pray decide our argument;
But," said they, "before you do,
Tell how many cubs have you."
"Well! ' replied the Lioness,
"Since you ask me, I confess
I have only one; but why on
Numbers dwell? That one's a LION."

Source: Herford Aesop 39.
leaena et vulpes

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Barlow images. This illustration is for a version of the story when it is only the fox who disputes with the lioness about fertility.

M0009 Perry257

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