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Fable Aesop
The Herdsman And The Lost Bull
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A Herdsman tending his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf
from the fold. After a long and fruitless search, he made a vow
that, if he could only discover the thief who had stolen the Calf,
he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian
Deities of the forest. Not long afterwards, as he ascended a small
hillock, he saw at its foot a Lion feeding on the Calf. Terrified at the
sight, he lifted his eyes and his hands to heaven, and said: "Just
now I vowed to offer a lamb to the Guardian Deities of the forest
if I could only find out who had robbed me; but now that I have
discovered the thief, I would willingly add a full-grown Bull to the
Calf I have lost, if I may only secure my own escape from him in

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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