Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
29. The Man and the Lion (Perry 284)
A MAN and a Lion traveled together through the forest. They soon began
to boast of their respective superiority to each other in strength and
prowess. As they were disputing, they passed a statue carved in stone,
which represented 'a Lion strangled by a Man.' The traveler pointed to
it and said: 'See there! How strong we are, and how we prevail over even
the king of beasts.' The Lion replied: 'This statue was made by one of
you men. If we Lions knew how to erect statues, you would see the Man
placed under the paw of the Lion.'
One story is good, till another is told.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google