Once there was a Stag who was chased by the
hounds and blinded by fear to the danger he was
running and so he took shelter in a farmyard and
hid himself in a shed among the oxen.
An Ox gave him this kindly warning:"O unhappy
creature! why should you thus, of your own
accord, incur destruction and trust yourself in
the house of your enemy''
The Stag replied: "Only allow me, friend, to
stay where I am, and I will undertake to find
some favorable opportunity of effecting my
At the approach of the evening the herdsman came
to feed his cattle, but did not see the Stag;
and even the farm-master with several laborers
passed through the shed and failed to notice
The Stag, congratulating himself on his
safety, began to express his sincere thanks to
the Oxen who had kindly helped him in the hour
One of them again answered him: "We indeed
wish you well, but the danger is not over. There
is one other yet to pass through the shed, who
has as it were a hundred eyes, and until he has
come and gone, your life is still in danger."
At that moment the master himself entered, and
having had to complain that his oxen had not
been properly fed, he went up to their racks and
cried out: "Why is there such a shortage of
fodder? There is not half enough straw for them
to lie on. Those lazy fellows have not even
swept the cobwebs away."
While he thus examined everything in turn, he
spied the tips of the antlers of the Stag
peeping out of the straw.
Then summoning his laborers, he ordered that
the Stag should be seized and killed.