Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boothby: The Wolf and the Shepherd's Boy

In wantonness a Shepherd's boy
Alarm'd the neighbours with his cry;
"The Wolf! the Wolf!" and, when they came,
Of their lost labour made his game.
At last the Wolf when there indeed,
His real cries they did not heed;
He and his flock a prey were made,
And for his lies he dearly paid.
Those who are known to have deceived,
When they speak truth, are not believ'd.

Source: Boothby - Aesop 2.12

Puer Mendax

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