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THE ASS IN THE LION′S SKIN. Jean de La Fontaine

THE ASS IN THE LION′S SKIN. Fable by Jean de La Fontaine. Illustration by Grandville

THE ASS IN THE LION′S SKIN. Fable by Jean de La Fontaine. Illustration by Grandville

A donkey donned a Lion′s hide,
And spread a panic, far and wide
(Although the Donkey, as a rule,
Is not a fighter, but a fool).
By chance, a little bit of ear
Stuck forth, and made the matter clear.
Then Hodge, not relishing the trick,
Paid off its author with a stick.
While those who saw the Lion′s skin,
But little dreamed who lurked within,
Stood open-mouthed, and all aghast,
To see a Lion run so fast.

This tale applies, unless I err,
To many folks who make a stir;
And owe three-fourths of their success
To servants, carriages, and dress.


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