A STAG overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. 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 him. The Stag immediately betook himself to flight: and exerting his utmost speed, as long as the plain was smooth and open, kept himself with ease at a safe distance from the Lion. But entering a wood he became entangled by his horns: and the Lion quickly came up with him and caught
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Publication information: Book title: Three Hundred and Fifty Aesop's Fables. Contributors: George Fyler Townsend - Translator, Harrison Weir - Illustrator, Aesop - Author. Publisher: Belford, Clarke. Place of publication: Chicago. Publication year: 1882. Page number: 221.