~ 53. The Wolf and the Cow ~
A wolf ambushed a cow in a pasture.
"I know I can't escape," said the cow. "Please just let me go up that hill to pray before you eat me. I'll pray for God's blessings on us both!"
"Go," said the wolf, "but keep it short!"
The cow went up the hill and mooed loudly.
A farmer heard and came running, and the farmer's dogs tore the wolf to pieces.
The wolf howled, "You didn't pray for me, did you?"
The cow laughed. "You were going to eat me!" she said. "So my prayers were strictly for me, not you."
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 280 in the book, which is Perry 680.