Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
6. The Frightened Lion (Perry
A Bull-Frog, according to rule,
Sat a-croak in his usual pool:
And he laughed in his heart
As a Lion did start,
In a fright from the brink like a gool.
IMAGINARY FEARS ARE THE WORST
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.