Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
19. The Fox and The Lion (Perry
The first time the Fox had a sight
Of the Lion, he 'most died of fright;
When he next met his eye,
Fox felt just a bit shy;
But the next, quite at ease and polite.
FAMILIARITY DESTROYS FEAR
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.