BWV 039: Keeping Quiet

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Jā 189 Sīhacammajātakaṁ
Keeping Quiet

A merchant used to dress his donkey up like a lion to scare away the villagers while it was eating, until one time the donkey gave the game away.

85. Ciram-pi kho taṁ khādeyya gadrabho haritaṁ yavaṁ,
Pāruto sīhacammena, ravamāno va dūsayi.

For a long, long time the donkey
May have eaten grass and barley,
While disguised with a lionskin:
But he spoiled it all by braying.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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