After a quarrel with a stag, the horse
Came to the man for aid.
“I’ll help you,” said the latter, “but, of course,
My rules must be obeyed.
To be your guide, upon your back I’ll sit,
And make for you saddle and a bit.”
The horse agreed, and raced along the trail,
Bearing his new-won friend.
The stag, where arrows made a deadly hail,
Came swiftly to his end.
“Thanks!” said the horse. “And now, good comrade, pray
Take that stiff saddle and the bit away!”
The man just laughed. “Now that you’re caught,” said he,
“Why should I let you slip
Out of my grasp? You’ll take commands from me,
or feel the crackling whip!”
The horse thus learned that those we plan on using
Themselves may do some scheming and abusing.