'The Lion's Share', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 11.
The Lion’s Share
THE Lion and other beasts formed an alliance to go out a-hunting. When they had taken a fat stag, the Lion proposed himself as commissioner, and dividing it into three parts, thus proceeded: “The first,” said he, "I shall take officially as king; the second I shall take for my own personal share in the chase; and as for the third part, - let him take it who dares.”
Moral: Think before you enter into a partnership with selfish people who have too great an appetite for power.
Text: Thomas James (95, 1848).
Selected Parallels: Phaedrus 1/5. Babrius 67. Caxton, Romulus 1/6. La Fontaine 1/6. L’Estrange 1/7. Chambry 207. Perry 339. TMI J811.1.1.