The Lion, the Fox, and the Gander

Moral: No Moral. Suggest us a moral of this fable in comment section.
A lion, sick of pomp and state,
Resolved his cares to delegate.
Reynard was viceroy named—the crowd
Of courtiers to the regent bowed;
Wolves, bears, and tigers stoop and bend,
And strive who most could condescend;
Whilst he, with wisdom in his face,
Assumed the regal grace and pace.
Whilst flattery hovered him around,
And the pleased ear in thraldom bound,
A fox, well versed in adulation,
Rose to pronounce the due oration:
“Vast talents, trained in virtue’s school,
With clemency, from passion cool—
And uncorrupted—such a hand
Will shed abundance o’er the land.
The brain shall prompt the wiser part,
Mercy and justice rule the heart;
All blessings must attend the nation
Under such bright administration.”
A gander heard and understood,
And summoned round his gosling brood:
“Whene’er you hear a rogue commended,
Be sure some mischief is intended;
A fox now spoke in commendation—
Foxes no doubt will rise in station;
If they hold places, it is plain
The geese will feel a tyrant reign.
‘Tis a sad prospect for our race
When every petty clerk in place
Will follow fashion, and ne’er cease
On holidays to feed on geese.”

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