Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
129. The Hunter and the Woodman (Perry
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.'
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google