Was wont to scare the village folk
By shouting, every now and then,
"Help! Wolf!" and laughing rudely when
They ran, in answer to his call,
To find there was no wolf at all.
The best of jokes, however, must
If played too often cause distrust.
So, when one day there came indeed
A Wolf, the neighbors paid no heed.
"The Shepherd 's at his tricks again!"
Said they, and so he called in vain.
Meanwhile, to point a moral deep,
The Wolf devoured all his sheep.
Source: Herford Aesop 40.
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