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Fable Aesop
The Wolf And The Shepherd
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A Wolf followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not
attempt to injure one of them. The Shepherd at first stood
on his guard against him, as against an enemy, and kept a
strict watch over his movements. But when the Wolf, day after
day, kept in the company of the sheep and did not make the
slightest effort to seize them, the Shepherd began to look upon
him as a guardian of his flock rather than as a plotter of evil
against it; and when occasion called him one day into the city,
he left the sheep entirely in his charge. The Wolf, now that he
had the opportunity, fell upon the sheep, and destroyed the
greater part of the flock. When the Shepherd returned to find
his flock destroyed, he exclaimed: "I have been rightly served;
why did I trust my sheep to a Wolf?"

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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