The butcher had bound a sheep, then slit her throat; the flock stood round about in silence.
Meanwhile, a wild boar walked by and snorted, "Cowards! You are many and the butcher is only one. Why don't you defend yourselves?"
Then an old ram bleated in reply, "Unlike you, we have no tusks; we cannot fight these men ourselves. But wait: divine justice will avenge us, and mankind will suffer for the wrongs they do. We sheep live in peace, unlike these men: they butcher one another! Wars and worse are coming for so-called mankind, and nothing can save them."
Inspired by: "The Wild Boar and the Ram" in The Fables of John Gay.
Notes: The illustration is by William Harvey.