Was emboldened to ask his daughter to wife.
The lion, laughing, put mousie at ease,
And said: "I am willing, if my daughter you please.
Be seated, my friend, in her soft, cushioned chair,
While I to my daughter your wish will declare."
Miss Lion came bouncing her lover to greet,
But crushed out his life with one of her feet.
Though deeming your lot most humble and ill,
Seek not a position you never can fill.
Source: Thummel: Aesop in Rhyme.
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