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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 244)

Based on Ὄνος ἐνδυσάμενος λεοντῆν καὶ ἀλώπηξ

Country of origin: Greece


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The Ass in the Lion's Skin

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

AN ASS, having put on the Lion's skin, roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met in his wanderings. At last coming upon a Fox, he tried to frighten him also, but the Fox no sooner heard the sound of his voice than he exclaimed, "I might possibly have been frightened myself, if I had not heard your bray."