THE ASS IN THE LION'S SKIN
AN ASS found a Lion's skin
left in the forest by a hunter.
He dressed himself in it, and
amused himself by hiding in a
thicket and rushing out suddenly
at the animals who passed that
way. All took to their heels the
moment they saw him.
The Ass was so pleased to see
the animals running away from
him, just as if he were King Lion
himself, that he could not keep
from expressing his delight by a
loud, harsh bray. A Fox, who
ran with the rest, stopped short
as soon as he heard the voice.
Approaching the Ass, he said
with a laugh
"If you had kept your mouth
shut you might have frightened
me, too. But you gave yourself
away with that silly bray."
A fool may deceive by his dress and appearance,
but his words will soon show what he really is.
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