Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
56. The Lion, the Mouse, and the Fox (Perry
A LION, fatigued by the heat of a summer's day, fell fast asleep in his
den. A Mouse ran over his mane and ears and woke him from his slumbers.
He rose up and shook himself in great wrath, and searched every corner
of his den to find the Mouse. A Fox seeing him said: 'A fine Lion you
are, to be frightened of a Mouse.' ''Tis not the Mouse I fear,' said the
Lion; 'I resent his familiarity and ill-breeding.'
Little liberties are great offenses.
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