a mouse may help a lion

The proverb alludes to Aesop’s fable of the lion and the rat, which is told by Caxton in Fables (1484) 40.

1563 Mirror for Magistrates (1938) 274 The mouse may sometyme help the Lyon in nede... O prynces seke no foes.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 264 A Lyon may come to be beholding to a Mouse.

1842 MARRYAT Percival Keene I. xvii. A mouse may help a lion, as the fable says.

1935 J. BUCHAN House of Four Winds xi. I only offer to show my gratitude by doing what I can... A mouse may help a lion.

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