The Serpent and the Lizard

The New Fables—attributed to Phædrus
When the Lion’s skin fails, the Fox’s must be employed; that is to say, when strength fails, we must employ craftiness.
A Serpent chanced to catch a Lizard by the tail; but when she tried to devour it with open throat, it snatched up a little twig that lay close at hand, and, holding it transversely with pertinacious bite, checked the greedy jaws, agape to devour it, by this cleverly contrived impediment. So the Serpent dropped the prey from her mouth unenjoyed.

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