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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
Eastern American Standard Dialect
this translation narrated with hypothetical pronunciation:
The lion pays no attention to it and keeps walking.
That makes the little loud-mouth berate him even more fiercely. “You have no
business being there, I tell you! And if you come back,” he says, “well, then
you’ll see! I don’t really want to do it,” he says and finally lifts one of his
legs, “but I’d break your back with my leg in a second!”
Thereupon he flies back to his nest.
“There you go, children,” he says, “I’ve taught that one a lesson. He won’t be back.”