A LION roaming by the seashore saw a Dolphin
lift up its head out of the waves, and suggested
that they contract an alliance, saying that of
all the animals they ought to be the best
friends, since the one was the king of beasts on
the earth, and the other was the sovereign ruler
of all the inhabitants of the ocean.
The Dolphin gladly consented to this request.
Not long afterwards the Lion had a combat with
a wild bull, and called on the Dolphin to help
The Dolphin, though quite willing to give him
assistance, was unable to do so, as he could not
by any means reach the land.
The Lion abused him as a traitor.
The Dolphin replied, "Please, my friend, don't
blame me, but Nature, which, while giving me the
sovereignty of the sea, has quite gave me the
power of living upon the land."