The Shepherd and His Dog

La Fontaine January 17, 2015
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    A shepherd, with a single dog,
    Was ask’d the reason why
    He kept a dog, whose least supply
    Amounted to a loaf of bread
    For every day. The people said
    He’d better give the animal
    To guard the village seignior’s hall;
    For him, a shepherd, it would be
    A thriftier economy
    To keep small curs, say two or three,
    That would not cost him half the food,
    And yet for watching be as good.
    The fools, perhaps, forgot to tell
    If they would fight the wolf as well.
    The silly shepherd, giving heed,
    Cast off his dog of mastiff breed,
    And took three dogs to watch his cattle,
    Which ate far less, but fled in battle.
    Not vain our tale, if it convinces
    Small states that ’tis a wiser thing
    To trust a single powerful king,
    Than half a dozen petty princes.

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