The Stag at the Pool


A stag came to a pool to quench his thirst and as he was drinking he saw his form mirrored in the water. "What beauty and strength," said he, "are in my horns; But how unseemly are these weak and slender feet!" While thus charging himself a pack of hounds drew near. The feet he had regarded with ill favor, quickly took him out of reach of the dogs but his horns caught in the thicket and held him until the hunters came up, proving his undoing.