The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

A herdsman, who had lost a bull, went roaming through the forest in search of it. Being unable to find it, he began to vow to all the nymphs of the forest and the mountain, to Mercury and to Pan, that he would offer up a lamb to them, if he could only discover the thief. At that moment, gaining a high ridge of ground, he sees a lion standing over the carcass of his beautiful bull. And now the unhappy man vows the bull into the bargain, if he may only escape from the thief's clutches.