Fable 3, Of the Boy and the Wolf
OF THE Boy AND THE W OLF .
A LITTLE boy was set to keep
A little flock of goats or sheep.
He thought the task too solitary,
And took a strange perverse vagary,
To call the people out of fun,
To see them leave their work and run,
He cried and scream'd with all his might,—
“Wolf! wolf!” in a pretended fright.
Some people, working at a distance,
Came running in to his assistance.
They search'd the fields and bushes round,
The Wolf was no where to be found.
The Boy, delighted with his game,
A few days after did the same,
And once again the People came.
The trick was many times repeated,
At last they found that they were cheated.
One day the wolf appeared in sight,
The Boy was in a real fright,
He cried, “Wolf! wolf!”—The Neighbours heard,
But not a single creature stirr'd.
“We need not gOfrom our employ,—
“'Tis nothing but that idle boy.”
The little boy cried out again,
“Help, help! the Wolf!”—he cried in vain.
At last his master went to beat him,
He came too late, the wolf had eat him.
T HIS shews the bad effects of lying,
And likewise of continual crying;
If I had heard you scream and roar,
For nothing, twenty times before,
Although you might have broke your arm,
Or met with any serious harm,
Your cries could give me no alarm,
They would not make me move the faster,
Nor apprehend the least disaster;
I should be sorry when I came,
But you yourself would be to blame.
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