Wednesday, December 20, 2017

M0016: Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis

M0015 - M0016 + English - M0017

16. Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis. Societatem aliquando iunxerant leo, vacca, capra, et ovis. Cervum permagnum cum cepissent, leo praedam divisit in quattuor partes aequales. Tum ita locutus est, “Prima pars mea est, quia sum leo; secundam mihi tribuetis, quia sum fortissimus; tertiam mihi sumo propter egregium laborem meum; quartam qui tetigerit, iram meam excitabit.” Sic totam praedam solus retinuit.

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

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M0016 = Perry339. Source: Heidelberg 8. This is Perry 339. For another version of the “lion’s share,” see #31. See also the hypocrisy of the ruler of the wolf pack, #93.

16. Lion, Cow, She-Goat, and Sheep. A lion, cow, she-goat, and sheep once formed a union. When they had caught a very large stag, the lion divided the prize into four equal parts. Then he spoke as follows: The first part is mine because I am a lion; you will award the second part to me because I am the strongest; I take the third part for myself on account of my exceedingly hard work; who might touch the fourth part will arouse my wrath." Thus the lion alone took the whole prize.