Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 71. The Lion in Love (Perry
A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage
to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not
like to give their daughter to the Lion, yet they did not wish to enrage
the King of Beasts. At last the father said: "We feel highly honoured
by your Majesty's proposal, but you see our daughter is a tender young
thing, and we fear that in the vehemence of your affection you might possibly
do her some injury. Might I venture to suggest that your Majesty should
have your claws removed, and your teeth extracted, then we would gladly
consider your proposal again." The Lion was so much in love that
he had his claws trimmed and his big teeth taken out. But when he came
again to the parents of the young girl they simply laughed in his face,
and bade him do his worst.
Love can tame the wildest.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
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