The Mouse and the Rat

Kriloff’s Original Fables
A Mouse in haste once ran unto a Rat
:
” Say, neighbour, has the good news reached thy ear, Into the lion’s claws hath fallen the cat ? And now for us a time of rest is near ! ”
” Gossip, no cause for gladness,”
Was answered by the Rat in sadness,
” Hope not for such an idle cause
!
The lion’s life won’t last the longest,
If once it come to using claws : The cat of all the beasts is strongest !

I’ve often seen, what no one that observes denies,
That every coward thinks the thing
Which unto him doth terror bring,
As dreadful in the whole world’s eyes.