The Lion, The Ass, And The Fox Hunting

by Aesop

THE LION, the Ass, and the Fox formed a party to go out hunting. They took a large booty, and when the sport ended, bethought themselves of having a hearty meal. The Lion bade the Ass allot the spoil. So, dividing it into three equal parts, the Ass begged his friends to make their choice; at which the Lion, in great indignation, fell upon the Ass and tore him to pieces. He then bade the Fox to make a division; who, gathering the whole into one great heap, reserved but the smallest mite for himself. Ah! friend, says the Lion, who taught you to make so equitable a division? I wanted no other lesson, replied the Fox, than the Asses fate.

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,

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