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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
The lion just ignored him and went on along the road.
That made the cocky wee bird go on at him even more. “You’ve no right being there,
neither you have! And if you come here again,” said he, “well, you’ll see! I’m
not wanting to have to do it,” said he, and lifted one of his legs, “but I’d
break your back with my leg in a moment!” And at that he flew away home again
to his nest.
“There you are, children,” said he, “I’ve taught that one a lesson. We’ve seen the last of him.”