'Gainst calumny to shut our ears;
And that on unity of friends
Their common safety oft depends.
Four Bulls in friendly league agreed
Together they would always feed;
With rage a hungry Lion saw
They were too powerful for his paw,
And sent out mischief-making spies,
Well vers'd in calumnies and lies.
The simple beasts they circumvent;
Sow jealousy and discontent;
Till lost affection ends in hate,
And by consent they separate.
The Lion now his ends had gain'd,
And easily his prey obtain'd.
Source: Boothby - Avianus 17.
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