الأَسَـدُ وَالْفَـأْرُ

A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:

يُحْكَى أَنَّ أَسَدًا كَانَ نَائِمًا فِي دَعَةٍ وَهُدُوءٍ، وَبَيَّنمَا هُوَ كَذَلِكَ إِذْ جَرَى عَلَى وَجْهِهِ فَأْرٌ صَغِيرٌ، فَنَهَضَ الأَسَدُ مِنْ نَوْمِهِ غَاضِبًا، وَأَمْسَكَ بِالْفَأْرِ، وَهَمَّ بِقَتْلِهِ عَلَى جَرِيمَتِهِ النِّكْرِاءَ. ارْتَعَدَتْ فَرَائِصُ الْفَأْرِ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ، وَتَوَسَّلَ لِلأَسَدِ فِي فَرَقٍ، وَقَالَ

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“If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The Lion laughed and let him go.

 “يَا سَيِّدِي الْمَلِكِ الْعَظِيمِ، إِذَا عَفَوْتَ عَنِّي فَأَعِدُكَ أَنْ أَرُدَّ إِلَيْكَ جَمِيلَ صَنِيعِكَ، وَأُسَاعِدُكَ حِينَ تَكُونَ فِي حَاجِةٍ لِي”. ضَحِكَ الأَسَدُ مِنْ كَلاَمِ الْفَأْرِ، وَعَلاَ زَئِيرُهُ السَّاخِرَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ الْوَعْدِ السَّخِيفِ

mouse

It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaimed: “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.”

وَلَمْ تَمُرْ بِضْعَةُ أَيَّامٍ حَتَّى وَقَعَ الأَسَدُ فِي شِبَاكِ بَعْضِ الصَّيَّادِينَ، فَأَوْثَقُوهُ بِالْحِبَالِ، وَتَرَكُوهُ مَطْرُوحًا عَلَى الأَرْضِ إِلَى أَنْ يَفْرَغُوا لَهُ، وَقَدْ عَلاَ زَئِيرُهُ، وَاشْتَدَّ صِيَاحُهُ فِي غَضَبٍ عَارِمٍ. سَمَعَ الْفَأْرُ زَئِيرَ الأَسَدِ، فَذَهَبَ إِلَيْهِ، وَوَجَدَهُ لاَ يَسْتَطِيعُ الْفِكَاكَ، فَأَخَذَ يَقْرِضُ الْحِبَالَ بِأَسْنَانِهِ حَتَّى خَلَّصَهُ مِنْ مَأْزِقِهِ، وَهُوَ يَقُولُ: “لَقَدْ سَخِرْتَ مِنْ وَعْدِي بِرَدِّ جَمِيلِكَ، وَمُسَاعَدَتِكَ. وَهَا أَنْتَ تَرَى الآنَ أَنِّ مِنَ الْمُمْكِنِ لِمَلِكِ الْغَابَةِ أَنْ يَدِينَ بِحَيَاتِهِ لِفَأْرٍ ضَعِيفٍ

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