Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
149. A STAG AND A LYON (Perry 76)
A Stag that was close Pursu’d by the Huntsmen, fled for Safety into a
Lyon’s Den; and as he was just Expiring under the Paw of the Lyon: Miserable
Creature that I am, says he, to fly for Protection from Men, to the most
Unmerciful of Beasts.
THE MORAL. There are Harder and Gentler Ways, even of Ruin it self;
as ‘tis Common we see for Men under a Capital Sentence to Petition even
for the Charge of the Death.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.