The Hares and The Lions

The Hares argued all should be equal. The Lions replied: “Your words are good; but they lack both claws and teeth such as we have.”

Be prepared to defend your position.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

The hares harangued the assembly, and argued that all should be equal. The Lions made this reply: “Your words, O Hares! are good; but they lack both claws and teeth such as we have.”

1001Lepores et Leones

Quodam tempore visum est omnibus bestiis conventum et coetum habere, quod aliarum de aliis frequentissimae querelae essent. Ubi dictis ultro citroque sententiis, lepores ita contionatos perhibent: videri sibi aequum omnium ut bestiarum eadem sit dignitas et par potestas, neque oportere alias tanto plus, alias minus valere; hoc enim pacto fieri ut inferiores praestantibus direptioni et praedae sint. Quibus dictis, oblocutos leones accepimus orationi leporinae deesse ungues et dentes.

Moral

Fabula docet fortem orationem, nisi etiam viribus sit fulta, a potentioribus derideri.

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