The Hunter and The Woodman

A timid Hunter was looking for Lion spoor. A Woodman offered to show the Hunter the Lion but the Hunter declined saying he was just looking for tracks.

The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

A hunter, not very bold, was searching for the tracks of a Lion. He asked a man felling oaks in the forest if he had seen any marks of his footsteps or knew where his lair was. “I will,” said the man, “at once show you the Lion himself.” The Hunter, turning very pale and chattering with his teeth from fear, replied, “No, thank you. I did not ask that; it is his track only I am in search of, not the Lion himself.”

Moral

The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.

1001Venator Meticulosus

Leonis indagans vestigia, venator lignatorem rogavit an leonis vestigia et latibula nosset. Respondit ille, “Et ipsum quoque leonem, si lubet, indicabo.” Sed venator, metu pallescens, dentibus crepitans, “Vestigia tantum,” ait, “non leonem quaero.”

Moral

Audaces una et timidos carpit haec fabula, audaces nempe verbis, sed non factis.

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