The Goatherd and the Wild
driving his flock
from their pasture at eventide, found some Wild Goats mingled among
and shut them up together with his own for the night.
day it snowed very
hard, so that he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places,
but was obliged to keep them in the fold.
He gave his
own goats just
sufficient food to keep them alive, but fed the strangers more
in the hope of enticing them to stay with him and of making them his
thaw set in, he
led them all out to feed, and the Wild Goats scampered away as fast as
they could to the mountains.
Goatherd scolded them
for their ingratitude in leaving him, when during the storm he had
more care of them than of his own herd.
them, turning about,
said to him: "That is the very reason why we are so cautious; for if
yesterday treated us better than the Goats you have had so long, it is
plain also that if others came after us, you would in the same manner
them to ourselves."
cannot with impunity be sacrificed for new ones.