Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
355. THE LION AND THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER
Perry 140 (Aphthonius
A story about a lion and a young woman, which teaches us not to indulge
A lion who had fallen in love with a young woman went to the woman's father
to ask for her hand in marriage. The father was afraid to refuse the lion's
offer, but asked him first to have his teeth and claws taken out; otherwise
the lion could only arouse his daughter's terror. The lion was so in love
with the woman that he agreed to the bargain. When the lion came back
and approached the farmer, now naked and defenceless, the farmer clubbed
him to death.
If you follow your enemies' advice, you will run into danger.
Note: See also the first-century B.C.E. historian Diodorus Siculus,
Library of History 19.25.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.