The Pike

Kriloff’s Original Fables
A plea was lodged against a Pike,
That in his pond no fish their life could bear
;
Proofs were heaped up a haystack like, And they the culprit brought, as was but fair, Unto the Court-house swimming in a tub. The judges did not come from far
;
They on a neighbouring field did rub
Their noses ; and their name in archives are : Of asses were a couple,
Then two old jaded mares, and lastly three goats supple.
That all things might go on in order due,
The fox accuser was, and the indictment drew. A rumour went about the country side, That fish for the fox’s table the Pike supplied
;
No personalities of course the judges occupied,
And we may add, it was not thought convenient
With Pike’s tricks this time to be over-lenient,
So, nothing to be done : writ out was the decree,
That gave the guilty one to shameful death
;
And, that his fate to others a warning dread might be,
He to a dry branch hung must draw his parting
breath.
‘ My honoured judges ! “—here the fox did interpose : ” Hanging’s too little : I’m for a death that shows
Through all the ages that have been unheard of
That henceforth rogues should for their own fate
shiver

In a deep stream let’s drown him.”—” Splendid !

The judges shout, “Agreed !” And so, the trial ended,
They threw the Pike—into the river.
[This fable again alludes to the favour shown in official circles to the most notorious corruption, and to the abuses
of the legal administration.]