Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 4. The Lion's Share (Perry 339)
The Lion went once a-hunting along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the
Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last they surprised a Stag,
and soon took its life. Then came the question how the spoil should be
divided. "Quarter me this Stag," roared the Lion; so the other
animals skinned it and cut it into four parts. Then the Lion took his
stand in front of the carcass and pronounced judgment: The first quarter
is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter;
another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth
quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare
to lay a paw upon it."
"Humph," grumbled the Fox as he walked away with his tail between
his legs; but he spoke in a low growl ."You may share the labours
of the great, but you will not share the spoil."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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