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The story of The Lamb and The She-Goat is a story found in the medieval Romulus Anglicus.
What is interesting about this story is just how the storyteller poses this moral: is the lamb allowed to choose its own allegiances (so the dog looks silly pointing out the "mistake," since as far as the lamb is concerned there is no mistake...), or is the lamb being foolish, betraying its own nature by abandoning its own kind (meaning that the dog is the typical fable figure, pointing out the foolish mistake that another animal has made).
There is a version of this story in the form of a poem with audio available here: Agnus et Capra (verse).
You can see a 1501 woodcut illustration for this fable at the University of Mannheim website.
You can find a translation of a different version of this fable (based on the Latin poet Phaedrus) in Aesop's Fables, by Laura Gibbs (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Use this Study Guide to organize your learning activities.
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cum grege Caprarum
silvas et pascua frequentabat.
|Quadam autem die
et haedis suis dissimilem
talibus eum verbis
Caprarum Canis: instead of being a "sheep dog" this dog is a "goat dog," whose task is to herd this flock of goats (hence haedis suis, etc.)
|Quid tibi est
cum Capris meis et haedis,
cum tu sis Agnus?
|Meo igitur consilio
ad matrem redibis,
et te tuo gregi sociabis.
|Et ait Agnus:
Quia nutricem Capram
matrem meam esse
quam incognitae matri
ab origine sua deviantes,
a quibus geniti sunt
sed potius eos
a quibus nutriti sunt;
|et inde est
quod a natura recedunt
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