The Fox and the Lion – AESOP’S FABLES (familiarity destroys fear / acquaintance softens prejudices / acquaintance with evil blinds us to its dangers)

When first a roving fox observed

The lion saunter past,

He trembled like a thing unnerved,

Swung round, and vanished fast.


When next the King of Beasts went by

The fox would not come near,

But, circling with a wary eye,

No longer shook in fear.

At the third meeting, forth he stalked;

Assumed a jaunty ease,

And with the lion glibly talked

Of moles and men and trees.


Then, trotting off without a glance,

He scorned the lion’s roar.

For those we know too well must go

Less honored than before.

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