The Lion And The Dolphin
A Lion roaming by the seashore saw a Dolphin lift up its head out
of the waves, and suggested that they contract an alliance, saying
that of all the animals they ought to be the best friends, since the
one was the king of beasts on the earth, and the other was the sovereign
ruler of all the inhabitants of the ocean. The Dolphin gladly consented
to this request. Not long afterwards the Lion had a combat with a
wild bull, and called on the Dolphin to help him. The Dolphin, though
quite willing to give him assistance, was unable to do so, as he could
not by any means reach the land. The Lion abused him as a traitor.
The Dolphin replied, "Nay, my friend, blame not me, but Nature, which,
while giving me the sovereignty of the sea, has quite denied me the
power of living upon the land."