Wednesday, January 10, 2018

M0023: Leo Senex, Vulpes, et Lupus


M0022 - M0023 - M0024

23. Leo Senex, Vulpes, et Lupus. Leo, cum consenuisset, aegrotabat, iacens in antro. Accesserunt autem visitatura regem, praeter vulpem, cetera animalia. Lupus igitur, capta occasione, accusabat apud leonem vulpem quasi nihili facientem suum omnium dominum et propterea neque ad visitationem profectam. Interim affuit et vulpes et ultima audivit lupi verba. Leo igitur contra eam infremuit sed, defensionis tempore petito, vulpes “Quis,” inquit, “eorum qui convenerunt tantum profuit quantum ego, quae in omnem partem circuivi et medicamentum pro te a medico quaesivi et didici?” Cum autem leo statim ut medicamentum diceret imperasset, illa inquit, “Lupo vivente excoriato, ipsius calidam pellem indueris.” Lupo statim mortuo iacente, vulpes ridens ait, “Sic non oportet dominum ad malevolentiam movere, sed ad benevolentiam.”

Leo Aegrotus, Lupus et Vulpes

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M0023 = Perry258. Source: Eton Aesop 70. This is Perry 258. Compare the story of the donkey and the goat, where the goat is unexpectedly made into medicine, #320.

The Old Lion, The Fox, and The Wolf. The lion, having grown old, became sick and was lying in his cave. The other animals came to visit the king, but not the fox. The wolf, therefore, seizing the opportunity, in the lion's presence accused the fox for treating her master, the lord of all the animals, as if he were of no importance and thus not having come to visit him. In the meantime the fox also showed up and heard the wolf's closing words. The lion accordingly grew angry at the fox but the fox, begging time to speak in her defense, said, "Who among those who have gathered here have been as useful as I have been? I have traveled everywhere and sought a cure for you from a doctor, which I have learned." And when the lion immediately ordered the fox to tell him the cure, the fox said, "A wolf needs to be flayed alive, and you should put on his skin while it's still warm." Without delay, the wolf was killed and as the corpse was lying there, the fox laughed and said, "And thus it is better not to prompt your master's ill will but rather this good will."

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