A GNAT came and said to a Lion, "I do not least
fear you, nor you are stronger than I am.
For in what does your strength consist? You can
scratch with your claws and bite with your teeth
an a woman.
I repeat that I am altogether more powerful
than you; and if you doubt it, let us fight and
see who wins the match."
The Gnat, having sounded his horn, fastened
himself upon the Lion and stung him on the
nostrils and the parts of the face which is
While trying to crush him, the Lion tore himself
with his claws, until he punished himself
The Gnat thus prevailed over the Lion, and,
buzzing about in a song of triumph, flew away.
But shortly afterwards he became entangled in
the meshes of a cobweb and was eaten by a
He greatly lamented his fate, saying, "Woe is
me! that I, who can wage war successfully with
the hugest beasts, should perish myself from
this spider, the most inconsiderable of