The Boy Who Cried Wolf
A Shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of
sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four
times by crying out, "Wolf!
Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed
at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at
last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony
of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing
the sheep"; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered
any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure
lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.
Translated by George Fyler Townsend