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     The Herdsman and the lost Bull

A HERDSMAN taking his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold.

After a long and fruitless search, he made a promise that, if he could only discover the thief who had stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest.

Not long afterwards, as he crossed a small hillock, he saw at its foot a Lion feeding on the Calf.

Terrified at the sight, he lifted his eyes and his hands to heaven, and said: "Just now I promised to offer a lamb to the Guardian Deities of the forest if I could only find out who had robbed me; but now that I have discovered the thief, I would willingly add a full-grown Bull to the Calf I have lost, if I may only secure my own escape from him in safety."




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