The Herdsman and
the Lost Bull
herdsman tending his flock in a forest lost a bull-calf from the fold. After a
long and fruitless search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the
thief who had stolen the calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes,
Pan, and the guardian deities of the forest.
long afterwards, as he ascended a small hillock, he saw at its foot a lion
feeding on the calf.
at the sight, he lifted his eyes and his hands to heaven, and said: "Just
now I vowed to offer a lamb to the guardian deities of the forest if I could
only find out who had robbed me; but now that I have discovered the thief, I
would willingly add a full-grown bull to the calf I have lost, if I may only
secure my own escape from him in safety."