Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 52. The Four Oxen and the Lion (Perry
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell.
Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned
their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he
was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling
among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner
of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an
end of all four.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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