Roared from the royal cave.
Hoping to give his last commands
To rule the true and brave.
Which opened fast and wide.
A goat and calf soon followed him,
But, all the while, a cautious fox
Was skulking well outside.
“Enter, my friend!” the lion called.
“Thank you!” returned the fox.
“Many go in, I see, but none
Come back of all those flocks.
Better be free than crave a key
To turn a door that locks!”