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.”]