A KID, returning without protection from the pasture, was pursued
by aWolf. Seeing he could not escape, he turned round, and
said: "I know, friend Wolf, that I must be your prey, but before
I die I wouldask of you one favor you will play me a tune to
which I may dance." The Wolf complied, and while he was piping
and the Kid wasdancing, some hounds hearing the sound ran up and
began chasing the Wolf. Turning to the Kid, he said, "It is just
what I deserve; forI, who am only a butcher, should not have
turned piper to please you."
In time of dire need, clever thinking iskey
or Outwit your enemy to save your skin.
The Bee and Jupiter
A BEE from Mount Hymettus, the queen of the hive, ascended to
Olympus topresent Jupiter some honey fresh from her combs.
Jupiter, delighted with the offering of honey, promised to give
whatever she should ask. She therefore besought him,saying,
"Give me, I pray thee, a sting, that if any mortal shall approach
to take my honey, I may kill him." Jupiter was much displeased,
for he loved the race ofman, but could not refuse the request
because of his promise. He thus answered the Bee: "You shall
have your request, but it will be at the peril of your own life.For if you use your sting, it shall remain in the wound you make,
and then you will die from the loss of it."
Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.