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THE LION DEFEATED BY MAN. Jean de La Fontaine

THE LION DEFEATED BY MAN. Fable by Jean de La Fontaine. Illustration by Grandville

THE LION DEFEATED BY MAN. Fable by Jean de La Fontaine. Illustration by Grandville

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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