1 Some timid bunnies
2 The hare outruns
3 The lion is ashamed
4 Grandma ewe
5 A fool scolds
6 The wolf fails
7 A canny bat
8 A gullible wolf
9 The amorous lion
10 Some revelers
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9. An Amorous Lion Becomes a Fool
A fearsome young lion one day fell in love
With a woodcutter's daughter, as sweet as a dove,
So the lion strode up to their
home in the wood,
And he roared out his passion
as loud as he could.
I must marry that maiden!
Woodcutter, he said,
But the father's great heart was stricken with dread,
He was scared to say No to the
Yet he feared a young wife
might soon be deceased.
He thought up a trick: with the lion so smitten
Perhaps he could turn the beast into a kitten.
Look, your great teeth and sharp mits
Have frightened my daughter half out of her wits.
If you pull out your teeth, if you pare down your claws,
I am sure she will be less afraid than she was.
The lion gave in, and came back looking weird
With his claws sanded down and his teeth disappeared,
May I marry her now?
he said (minus the roar).
! laughed the dad, and drove him from the door.
MORAL: Love can make fools of us.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary