THE LION AND THE MOUSE
From Aesop’s Fables
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
– Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE)
The Scottish poet, Robert Henryson, made it the central poem in his Morall Fabillis in a version of the fable written in the 1480s. In Henryson’s version the author widens the mouse’s plea, introducing serious themes like politics, law and justice.
Pop culture references
- In The Simpsons episode “Blood Feud“ (1991), Homer tells the story to Bart, replacing Hercules in place of the mouse.
- For the PBS series, The Big Blue Marble (1974-83), a cartoon of this fable was made. It follows the story exactly, but adds an epilogue describing the mouse falling into a trap and the lion refusing to help him.
- The fable was adapted to film in 1966, The Bear and the Mouse, by the National Film Board of Canada.
The Lion and the Mouse
Lithograph in black pencil on cream-coloured background (1844) | John Doyle (1797 – 1868)