- Year Published: 1867
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: Greece
- Source: Aesop (1867) Aesop's Fables
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.1
- Word Count: 96
Aesop, . (1867). “The Four Oxen and the Lion”. Aesop's Fables (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 31, 2015, from
Aesop, . "“The Four Oxen and the Lion”." Aesop's Fables. Lit2Go Edition. 1867. Web. <>. March 31, 2015.
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A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
United we stand, divided we fall.