The Lion and the Shepherd

A Lion, roaming through a forest,
trod upon a thorn. Soon afterward
he came up to a Shepherd and
fawned upon him, wagging his tail
as if to say, "I am a suppliant,
and seek your aid." The Shepherd
boldly examined the beast,
discovered the thorn, and placing
his paw upon his lap, pulled it
out; thus relieved of his pain,
the Lion returned into the
forest. Some time after, the
Shepherd, being imprisoned on a
false accusation, was condemned
"to be cast to the Lions" as the

 

punishment for his imputed crime. But when the Lion was released from his cage, he recognized the Shepherd as the man who healed him, and instead of attacking him, approached and placed his foot upon his lap. The King, as soon as he heard the tale, ordered the Lion to be set free again in the forest, and the Shepherd to be pardoned and restored to his friends.

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