Traditional Values

Aesop’s Fables: The Lion and the Mouse

BY Epoch Inspired Staff TIMEFebruary 18, 2022 PRINT

A lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the lion’s nose. Roused from his nap, the lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.

“Spare me!” begged the poor mouse. “Please let me go and some day I will surely repay you.”

The lion was much amused to think that a mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the mouse go.

Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the lion was caught in the toils of a hunter’s net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The mouse knew the voice and quickly found the lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the lion was free.

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“The Lion and the Mouse” illustrated by Milo Winter, from “The Aesop for Children,” 1919. (PD-US)

“You laughed when I said I would repay you,” said the mouse. “Now you see that even a mouse can help a lion.”

Moral of the Story: A kindness is never wasted.

This fable is reproduced from “The Aesop for Children” (1919).

Aesop (c. 620–564 B.C.) was a Greek storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as “Aesop’s Fables.” His tales, with their moral value, have long influenced our culture and civilization, contributing not only to the education and moral character building of children, but also, with their universal appeal, to the self-reflection of adults alike who have chosen to embrace the virtues or heed the warnings within. 

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