The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

090. THE HERDSMAN AND THE LOST BULL. A Herdsman, who had lost a Bull, went roaming through the forest in search of it. Being unable to find it, he began to vow to all the Nymphs of the forest and the mountain, to Mercury and to Pan, that he would offer up a lamb to them, if he could only discover the thief. At that moment, gaining a high ridge of ground, he sees a Lion standing over the carcase of his beautiful Bull. And now the unhappy man vows the Bull into the bargain, if he may only escape from the thief’s clutches.
Were our ill-judged prayers to be always granted, how many would be ruined at their own request! [more info]

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