The Sheep and the Dogs

Kriloff’s Original Fables
Unto a fold, to guard the sheep,
That wolves might dare no longer them to worry,
It was resolved a pack of Dogs to hurry.
Well, what ? There soon was such a lot to keep
The wolves off, that the Sheep feared no attacks,
But Dogs themselves must also eat
Stripped of their wool the poor Sheep bleat, And then, by lot adjudged, the skin’s torn off their backs
And, when but two or three were left on which to sup, The Dogs them also gobbled up.
[I can find no explanation of this fable in Kenevitch
or elsewhere ; perhaps it was thought inconvenient to give
any. The meaning is, however, obvious : it refers to the oppression of the lower classes by the Tchinovnicks, and, I expect, contains a special allusion to the Police, which, in
spite of many late changes, still leaves much to be desired. There is also, unless I am greatly mistaken, an allusion to one of the causes of these evils, the absurd under-payment
of the lower functionaries, a thing still existing, so that a man must steal to live. I allude to the line, ” But Dogs themselves must also eat.”]