The Ass In The Lion’s Skin – Jean De La Fontaine Fables

An Ass in The Lion’s skin arrayed
Made everybody fear.

And this was queer,
Because he was himself afraid.
Yet everywhere he strayed
The people ran like deer.

Ah, ah! He is betrayed:
No lion has that long and hairy ears.

No lion has that long and hairy ear!
Old Martin spied the tip; and country folk
Who are not in the secret of the joke,
With open mouths and eyes
Stare at old Martin’s prize–
A Lion led to mill, with neck in yoke.

Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks
Adapted from the French of La Fontaine.
Written by, W. T. Larned
Illustrated by, John Rae.
New York, July 1918.