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THE LION DEFEATED BY MAN. Jean de La Fontaine

A picture was exhibited, one day,
In which an artisan had sought
To paint a lion which had fought,
And had been beaten in the fray.
The passers-by were full of self-applause.
A Lion who looked on reproached the crowd:
"Yes, here I see," he said, "the victory is man′s:
The artisan had his own plans;
But if my brothers painted, they′d be proud
To show you man prostrate beneath our claws."


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