The Wolf and The Lion

The Wolf killed a sheep. While carrying it he met a Lion who took the sheep. Wolf complained about the theft but the Lion pointed out the hypocrisy in that.

The strong prevail.

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Wolf and Lion

Milo Winter (1919)

A Wolf had stolen a Lamb and was carrying it off to his lair to eat it. But his plans were very much changed when he met a Lion, who, without making any excuses, took the Lamb away from him.

The Wolf made off to a safe distance, and then said in a much injured tone:

“You have no right to take my property like that!”

The Lion looked back, but as the Wolf was too far away to be taught a lesson without too much inconvenience, he said:

“Your property? Did you buy it, or did the Shepherd make you a gift of it? Pray tell me, how did you get it?”


What is evil won is evil lost.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

A wolf, having stolen a lamb from a fold, was carrying him off to his lair. A Lion met him in the path, and seizing the lamb, took it from him. Standing at a safe distance, the Wolf exclaimed, “You have unrighteously taken that which was mine from me!” To which the Lion jeeringly replied, “It was righteously yours, eh? The gift of a friend?’

1001Lupus, Ovis, et Leo

Lupus quondam ovem de medio raptam grege ferebat domum. Cui occurrens, leo illam vi extorsit. Ac lupus, stans procul, “Contra ius mihi mea abstulisti,” clamavit. Quo delectatus, leo lupo respondit, non sine ludibrio, “Iure enim tibi fuerat ab amicis data?”

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