The Kings Son And The Painted Lion
A King, whose only son was fond of martial exercises, had a dream
in which he was warned that his son would be killed by a lion. Afraid
the dream should prove true, he built for his son a pleasant palace
and adorned its walls for his amusement with all kinds of life-sized
animals, among which was the picture of a lion. When the young Prince
saw this, his grief at being thus confined burst out afresh, and,
standing near the lion, he said: "O you most detestable of animals!
through a lying dream of my father's, which he saw in his sleep, I
am shut up on your account in this palace as if I had been a girl:
what shall I now do to you?' With these words he stretched out his
hands toward a thorn-tree, meaning to cut a stick from its branches
so that he might beat the lion. But one of the tree's prickles pierced
his finger and caused great pain and inflammation, so that the young
Prince fell down in a fainting fit. A violent fever suddenly set in,
from which he died not many days later.
We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them.