There was a Stag who was tired by heat of the
sun came to a spring to drink water.
Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water,
he greatly admired the size and variety of his
horns, but felt angry with himself for having
such slender and weak feet.
While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion
appeared at the pool and crouched to spring upon
The Stag immediately took to flight, and
exerting his utmost speed, as long as the plain
was smooth and open kept himself easily at a
safe distance from the Lion.
But entering a wood he became entangled by his
horns, and the Lion quickly came up to him and
When too late, he thus reproached himself:
"How sad of me! How I have deceived myself!
These feet which would have saved me I despised,
and I gloried in these antlers which have proved
Moral: What is most truly valuable is