, having stolen a lamb
from a fold
, was carrying him off to his lair
. A Lion
met him in the path, and seizing
the lamb, took it from him. Standing at a safe distance
, the Wolf exclaimed
, "You have unrighteously
taken that which was mine from me!" To which the Lion jeeringly
replied, "It was righteously yours, eh? The gift of a friend?'
ROAMING BY the mountainside at sundown, a Wolf saw his own shadow become greatly extended and magnified, and he said to himself, "Why should I, being of such an immense size and extending nearly an acre in length, be afraid of the Lion? Ought I not to be acknowledged as King of all the collected beasts?' While he was indulging in these proud thoughts, a Lion fell upon him and killed him. He exclaimed with a too late repentance, "Wretched me! this overestimation of myself is the cause of my destruction."