The Ass, The Cock, and The Lion

A cock scares a Lion away; the Ass thinks it was his bray that did it and chases after. Too bad for the Ass.

False confidence often leads into danger.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

An ass and a Cock were in a straw-yard together when a Lion, desperate from hunger, approached the spot. He was about to spring upon the Ass, when the Cock (to the sound of whose voice the Lion, it is said, has a singular aversion) crowed loudly, and the Lion fled away as fast as he could. The Ass, observing his trepidation at the mere crowing of a Cock summoned courage to attack him, and galloped after him for that purpose. He had run no long distance, when the Lion, turning about, seized him and tore him to pieces.

Moral

False confidence often leads into danger.

CaldecottCaldecott

Ass, Cock and Lion C1

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

Ass, Cock and Lion C2

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

An Ass and a Cock were in a shed. A hungry Lion caught sight of the Ass, and was on the point of entering the shed to devour him. But he took fright at the sound of the Cock crowing (for people say that Lions are afraid at the voice of a Cock), and turned away and ran. The Ass, roused to a lofty contempt of him for being afraid of a Cock, went out to pursue him; but when they were some distance away the Lion ate him up.

Ass, Cock and Lion C3

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

Ass, Cock and Lion C4

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

JBR CollectionJBR Collection

An Ass and a Cock feeding in the same meadow, were one day surprised by a Lion. The Cock crowed loudly, and the Lion (who is said to have a great antipathy to the crowing of a Cock) at once turned tail and ran off again. The Ass, believing that it was from fear of him that the Lion fled, pursued him. As soon as they were out of hearing of the Cock, the Lion turned round upon the Ass and tore him in pieces.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version

As a cock and an asse were feeding together, up comes a lyon open-mouth toward the asse: the cock presently cryes out; away scoures the lyon, and the asse after him. Now ’twas the crowing of the cock that frighted the lyon, not the braying of the asse, as that stupid animal vainly fancy’d to himself, for so soon as ever they were gotten out of the hearing of the cock, the lyon turn’d short upon him, and tore him to pieces, with these words in his mouth: Let never any creature hereafter that has not the courage of a hare, provoke a lyon.

Moral

The force of unaccountable aversionss is insuperable. The fool that is wise and brave only in his own conceit, runs on without fear or wit, but noise does no bus’ness.

Crane Poetry VisualCrane Poetry Visual

 

Cock, Ass and Lion

The Ass gave a horrible bray,
Cock crowed; Lion scampered away;
Ass judged he was scared
By the bray, and so dared
To pursue; Lion ate him they say.

Don’t take all the credit to yourself.

1001Asinus, Gallus, et Leo

Gallus aliquando cum asino pascebatur. Leone autem aggresso asinum, gallus exclamavit, et leo (qui galli vocem timet) fugere incipit. Asinus, ratus propter se fugere, aggressus est leonem; ut vero procul a gallicinio persecutus est, conversus leo asinum devoravit, qui moriens clamabat, “Iusta passus sum; ex pugnacibus enim non natus parentibus, quamobrem in aciem irrui?”

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