The Mosquito and the Shepherd

Kriloff’s Original Fables
Confiding in his dogs, in shade a Shepherd slept. Observing this, a snake up to him crept
From out a bush, and, with his sting in air, The Shepherd unto death had soon done there
:
But a Mosquito, touched with pity, to him flew, And bit the sleeper through and through.
Awoke by this, the Shepherd killed the snake
;
But first the poor Mosquito, in rising, off did shake
So roughly, that its life was ended on the spot.
And such examples noticed, who has not ?
If once the weak unto the strong, though moved by motives
best,
Attempt to teach a truth till then forgot,
We may be sure beforehand of their lot,

With the Mosquito there to rest !