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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Wolves And The Sheepdogs

The Wolves thus addressed the Sheepdogs: "Why should you,
who are like us in so many things, not be entirely of one mind
with us, and live with us as brothers should? We differ from you
in one point only. We live in freedom, but you bow down to and
slave for men, who in return for your services flog you with whips
and put collars on your necks. They make you also guard their
sheep, and while they eat the mutton throw only the bones to you.
If you will be persuaded by us, you will give us the sheep, and we
will enjoy them in common, till we all are surfeited."

The Dogs listened favorably to these proposals, and, entering the
den of the Wolves, they were set upon and torn to pieces.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)


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