The Lion and the Wolf

Kriloff’s Original Fables
A Lion once upon a lamb was dining ; A puppy, when not whining,
Around the royal table frisked,
And from between the Lion’s paws a tit-bit whisked
;
The king of beasts this calmly bore, as if not vexed : The pup was ignorant still, and very young. The sight an old Wolf in his thoughts perplexed ; Concluding that the Lion was not strong
To suffer such a wrong, His paw went out, as if by right lambs did to him belong.
But with the wolf it fared but ill
;
The Lion’s plate he helped himself to fill. The Lion, piecing him, said : ” Here’s the rub : Watching the puppy, stupidly thou thoughtest
That I to thee would leave the bit thou soughtest
;
But he is ignorant still, and thou art not a cub.”