Monday, November 21, 2011

Davies: The Wolf and the Fox

A hapless fox fell in a wild wolf's way
And pray'd him her old life to spare, not slay.
"I will, by Pan, I will," the wolf replied,
"If in thy next three words thou hast not lied."
"Well: first then," said she, "would we had not met!"
Next that a blind wolf had my path beset!
And third, and last," she added, "go for ever:
I trust from this day forth to meet thee never!"

Source: Davies: Fables of Babrius = Babrius 53.

Here is an image for the story (image source) showing the defiant fox.
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