Ignacy Krasicki, Poland, 1735-1801
The Lamb and the Wolves
The predator’s excuse is always good.
Two wolves attack a lamb in the dark wood.
It said, “I want your legal rights defined.”
“You’re weak and tender, and it’s dark.”
The Master and the Dog
Because of thieves, a dog barked all night through.
His master, sleepless, beat him black and blue.
On the next night the dog slept; and thieves came.
The silent dog was beaten all the same.