The Lion once gave out that he was
sick unto death and summoned the
animals to come and hear his last
Will and Testament.
So the Goat came to the Lion's cave,
and stopped there listening for a
long time. Then a Sheep went in, and
before she came out a Calf came up
to receive the last wishes of the
Lord of the Beasts.
But soon the Lion seemed to recover,
and came to the mouth of his cave,
and saw the Fox, who had been
waiting outside for some time.
"Why do you not come to pay your
respects to me?" said the Lion
to the Fox.
"I beg your Majesty's pardon,"
said the Fox, "but I noticed the
track of the animals that have
already come to you; and while I see
many hoof-marks going in, I see none
coming out. Till the animals that
have entered your cave come out
again I prefer to remain in the open
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
easier to get into the enemy's toils
than out again"