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
Attempt to teach a truth till then forgot,
We may be sure beforehand of their lot,

With the Mosquito there to rest !

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