This is one of a series of short fable
s by G.E.Lessing
. I have entered it
in the original German
as Jupiter und Apollo
. An (approximate!) English
translation is below.
Jupiter and Apollo were contending which of them was
the best archer. "Let us put it to the test!" said Apollo. He bent his
bow, and struck the center of the observed target so accurately that Jupiter
saw no possibility of outdoing him.
"I see," he said, "that you really shoot very well.
I shall have difficulty to do better. Still, I will try it another time."