But should he pull it out? And the lion was much petted and praised for his goodness and cleverness, and lived with St. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had gotten into it, and was causing all the pain. It was not easy to find employment for a lion; but at length a daily task was found for him. Soon the lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognized his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog.
The knight dismounted, and drew from it a sharp thorn; and then applied an unguent to the wound, which speedily healed it. Kind Androcles plucked out the thorn and put the lion out of pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. The lion roared and roared with pain! But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. On that day, he was led to the place where he would be left alone with a hungry lion. And how glad the lion was when he had taken out the thorn.
Now, the knight, having offended the king, fled from his anger to the very forest in which he had been accustomed to hunt. The lion and ass became great friends, and no doubt the ass felt much comfort in having such a powerful protector. As he came near, the lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. That would hurt a lot, and the lion could get very mad! Jerome, who lived fifteen hundred years ago, and I want now to tell you why a lion generally appears in any picture of him. Now it used to be the custom to throw murderers and other criminals to the lions in a huge circus, so that while the criminals were punished the public could enjoy the spectacle of a combat between them and the wild beasts. He lived to a good old age, and ended his days in peace.
He knew the lion would not feel better until the thorn was gone. Soon the lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. The show contains moments of darkness and surprises. But Androcles did not see a tree root under his foot. The show contains moments of darkness and surprises. Every day the lion would bring food.
The Emperor and all his court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. I extracted from his foot a large thorn, and afterward healed the wound, and therefore he has spared me. So the Emperor said that Androcles may go free. Androcles Androcles or Androclus, is the name given by some sources to the main character of a common folktale that is included in the Aarne—Thompson classification system as type 156. And once in a while, the lion would let out a loud roar. It was his old friend of the cave! When Androcles walked by, the soldiers could tell by his torn robe and dirty feet that he must be a slave. The Emperor, surprised at seeing such a strange behavior in so cruel a beast, summoned Androcles to him and asked him how it happened that this particular lion had lost all its cruelty of disposition.
Some merchants were passing that way and seeing the ass grazing quietly, and apparently alone, they stole her and carried her off with them. Content Information: Recommended for ages 7+. The merchants, much alarmed, confessed their theft, and St. Application: My beloved, the knight is the world; the lame lion is the human race; the thorn, original sin, drawn out by baptism. Yet he knew it must be true. Tired as he was, Androcles rose up and rushed away, as he thought, from the lion; but as he made his way through the bushes he stumbled over the root of a tree and fell down lamed.
Suddenly, the man heard a lion roaring. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. His face went down on the ground. As he was wandering about there he came upon a lion lying down moaning and groaning. The Emperor was in the royal box that day and gave the signal for the lion to come out and attack Androcles.
When they heard a voice, they hid behind some trees. Tired as he was Androcles rose up and rushed away, as he thought, from the lion; but as he made his way through the bushes he stumbled over the root of a tree and fell down lamed, and when he tried to get up there he saw the lion coming towards him, limping on three feet and holding his forepaw in front of him. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. Jerome kept the lion with him and nursed him carefully till he was quite well again. Instead of attacking, it stopped right next to him. The same fate awaited the slave who had run away from his master. Soon, the massive gates were lifted and a way for the lion to come out was made.