ONCE upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside, when, looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to drink a little lower down. “There’s my supper,” thought he, “if only I can find some excuse to seize it.” Then he called out to the Lamb, “How dare you muddle the water from which I am drinking?”
“Nay, master, nay,” said Lambikin; “if the water be muddy up there, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down from you to me.”
“Well, then,” said the Wolf, “why did you call me bad names this time last year?”
“That cannot be,” said the Lamb; “I am only six months old.”
“I don’t care,” snarled the Wolf; “if it was not you it was your father;” and with that he rushed upon the poor little Lamb and
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ate her all up. But before she died she gasped out
”Any excuse will serve a tyrant.”
(Ro. i. 2).
Phaedrus, i. 1. Probably Indian, occurring as the Dipi Jataka, in Tibet and in Madagascar. In the Jataka a Panther meets a Kid and complains that his tail has been trodden upon. The Kid gently points out that the Panther's face was towards him.
Panther. "My tail covers the earth."
Kid. "But I came through the air."
Panther. "I saw you frightening the beasts by coming through the air. You prevented my getting any prey." —Warra, Warra, Warra.
The Jataka occurs in Tibet, told of the Wolf and the Sheep. It is referred to by Shakespeare, Henry IV. Act I. scene viii.
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ATU 111A: The Wolf Unjustly Accuses the Lamb and Eats Him