Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
42. The Lioness (Perry 257)
A CONTROVERSY prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of
the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number
of whelps at a birth. They rushed clamorously into the presence of the
Lioness and demanded of her the settlement of the dispute. 'And you,'
they said, 'how many sons have you at a birth?' The Lioness laughed at
them, and said: 'Why! I have only one; but that one is altogether a thoroughbred
The value is in the worth, not in the number.
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