The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf

: Aesop's Fables

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.