The Wolf and his Cub – Jataka Tales

Kriloff’s Original Fables
A Wolf, his Cub to teach, by slow degrees,
Their old hereditary trade,
Sends him to roam along the wold and glade,
Enjoining him to take good notes, where’er he sees A chance for them their luck to try, Regardless of the sin,
If only they get in To lunch or sup unseen by shepherd’s eye.
The scholar soon comes back,
And says : ” Come now, I’ve found a track ! Our dinner’s ready : there’s no risk, no bother : Behind that hill Are grazing sheep, one fatter than the other
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We only need to choose and kill, Then eat our fill; A flock like that is difficult to count.” “Stop,” said the Wolf, “I know must, ere we mount,
What their good shepherd’s like.” —” They say he is not bad,
A careful and a knowing lad ; But me most certainly his dogs did strike, When I dodged round the fold, as poor, Too fat and lazy to much work endure.” —” Thy tale, my son—I’m old

Will hardly tempt me to attack the fold
;
A shepherd that’s a smart one will not keep
A pack of worthless dogs to guard his sheep,
We then may get into a mess
!
Follow, I’ll lead thee where our skins are less In danger ; I to thee a fold will show
Where, though the dogs are numerous, I know
The shepherd for a great fool passes
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For, when a shepherd is a fool, his dogs are asses.” —0—
[There are many Russian proverbs that express the lead- ing idea of this fable. For instance, ” As the priest is, so
is the parish.”]