It helps to have the original fable:
LE LION ET LE CHASSEUR.
Un fanfaron, amateur de la chasse,
Venant de perdre un chien de bonne race,
Qu'il soupçonnait dans le corps d'un lion,
Vit un berger : " Enseigne-moi, de grâce,
De mon voleur, lui dit-il, la maison.
Que de ce pas je me fasse raison. "
Le berger dit : " C'est vers cette montagne.
En lui payant de tribut un mouton
Par chaque mois, j'erre dans la campagne
Comme il me plaît, et je suis en repos. "
Dans le moment qu'ils tenaient ces propos,
Le lion sort, et vient d'un pas agile.
Le fanfaron aussitôt d'esquiver ;
" O Jupiter, montre-moi quelque asile,
S'écria-t-il, qui me puisse sauver ! "
La vraie épreuve de courage
N'est que dans le danger que l'on touche du doigt,
Tel le cherchait, dit-il, qui, changeant de langage,
S'enfuit aussitôt qu'il le voit.
yah i do. I just dont understand it. can you explain???
A braggart, an amateur of the hunt
Just lost a thoroughbred dog
that he was suspecting was in a lion's body
He saw a shepherd: "Show me, for mercy's sake
the home of the thief," he said to him.
"That at once I may resign myself."
The shepherd said: "It's toward that mountain.
On paying a sheep as tribute for each month, I wander in the country as I like, and I am at ease."
At that moment that they were having these remarks, the lion exits, and comes with a nimble step. The braggard immediately sidesteps; "Oh Jupiter, show me some shelter, he cries, which can save me!"
The true test of courage isn't only in the danger that touches one,
Like it was looking for him, he says, who, changing speech, flees as soon as h e sees him.
Do you get the idea now?
Sra (aka Mme)
oh thanks sooo much:)
A rhyming version
II. — The Lion and the Hunter.4
A braggart, lover of the chase,
Had lost a dog of valued race,
And thought him in a lion’s maw.
He ask’d a shepherd whom he saw,
‘Pray show me, man, the robber’s place,
And I’ll have justice in the case.’
“Tis on this mountain side,’
The shepherd man replied.
‘The tribute of a sheep I pay,
Each month, and where I please I stray.’
Out leap’d the lion as he spake,
And came that way, with agile feet.
The braggart, prompt his flight to take,
Cried, ‘Jove, O grant a safe retreat!’
A danger close at hand
Of courage is the test.
It shows us who will stand —
Whose legs will run their best.
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