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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

121. A LYONESS AND A FOX (Perry 257)

A numerous Issue passes in the World for a Blessing; and this Consideration made a Fox cast it in the Teeth of a Lyoness, that she brought forth but one Whelp at a time. Very right, says the other, but then that one is a Lyon.
THE MORAL. ‘Tis a common thing to value Things more by the number, than by the Excellency of them.

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