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The Shepherd and His Flock

"The Shepherd and His Flock" by Jean de La Fontaine is a collection of classic French fables that use animals and nature to explore the human condition and life's moral lessons. The book tells a story of a Shepherd who has a special connection with his flock of sheep, symbolizing the relationship between leaders and their followers. The Shepherd's behavior illuminates imperative lessons about leadership, compassion, and understanding. This age-old narrative presents wisdom and insights applicable to modern leaders, teachers, and mentors in a lively poetic fashion.

Genre: Fable

Submitted by davidb on September 28, 2023

"Alas! I see another one Of my poor foolish flock is gone! The wolf, relentless, day by day, Makes still another sheep his prey. In vain I count them, oft and oft-- Ten times a hundred; they're so soft, That they have let my Bob be torn By wolfish jaws. Ah! me, forlorn! My darling Bob would follow me, In town or in the country, up and down, O'er all the world, with tread for tread, If I but showed a bit of bread. A furlong off my step he knew, And to my piping time kept true. Alas! poor Bobby!" When, at last, This funeral discourse had past, And Robin's fame was duly sounded, The Shepherd, by his flock surrounded, Addressed them all, ram, lamb, and sheep, And said, that if they'd only keep United, never wolf would dare Their woolly-coated throats to tear. The flock declared, with solemn bleat, They all their master's views would meet, Form ever one united band, And chase Sir Wolf from out the land. Delighted at their brave reply, Guillot regaled them sumptuously. But, sad to say, before the night, There happened a disaster new. A horrid wolf appeared in sight, And off the timid creatures flew. In truth 'twas a mere shadow, but The ant's a wolf in Lilliput. Bad soldiers you in vain address; Heroic aims they all profess; But let the slightest danger show, In spite of generals, off they go.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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