The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

A 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. Not long afterwards, as he ascended a small hillock, he saw at its foot a Lion feeding on the Calf. Terrified 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.

Vocabulary Help

  • Herdsman – pastor
  • tend – cuidar
  • flock – rebanho
  • bull-calf – bezerro
  • fold – curral
  • fruitless search – busca inútil
  • make (make, made, made) – fazer
  • vow – voto
  • thief – ladrão
  • steal (steal, stole, stolen) – roubar
  • lamb – ovelha
  • guardian deities – divindades guardiãs
  • afterwards – em seguida
  • ascend – subir
  • hillock – pequena colina
  • foot – pé
  • feed – alimentar
  • lift – levantar
  • find out – descobrir
  • full-grown – crescido
  • bull – touro
  • safety – segurança