The Compassionate Deer-king
A Children’s Song.
for I have a story for you to hear
two handsome herds of deer.
leader of one was the Buddha-to-be,
leader of the other was his enemy.
everyday at the crack of dawn,
The King assembled his knights on the lawn,
And off they rode into the hills in search of meat,
And slaughtered many deer for the King to eat.
herds grew very small;
Soon there would be no deer left at all'.
So the two deer leaders went to see the big king man,
present him with a logical plan.
arrived and said, "May we see the King please?"
gosh;" said the guard, "these deer can speak:"
human king thought it strange indeed;
them in," he said, and asked them, "What do you need?"
King, you are kind and brave," they said,
soon our herds shall all be dead.
don't you let us offer you each day one deer,
then every day you'll have fresh meat and we won't disappear?"
could the King say no to talking deer?
day you can send one of your members here."
you," said the deer, most truly pleased,
after that all was well, and their herds increased.
day a pregnant doe
name from the box—it was her turn to go.
she pleaded, with tears in her eyes,
wait until my baby's born, then I'll take my turn to die."
No: No:" came the stern reply.
other deer would want to take your turn to die?"
ran to the other King, the Buddha-to-be,
said, "Okay, I will go; I hereby set you free."
The King was taking his
When the Deer-king appeared
and began to talk,
"I am here, Your
Majesty, to be your royal meal."
"But you're the
leader," said the King.
"Now that's a rotten
Then the Deer-king told him of
the Mother deer so mild.
And told him that he took
so she could have her
The King's heart pained
him; "Can it really be true?
"Who would have
guessed that deer have feelings,
just like people do?"
"You are a person with
a deer's head," he cried.
"And 'tho I have a
I'm just a deer inside.
"But from this day
forward, only vegetables I'll eat;
"I will never ever eat
another living being's meat."
(repeat last verse)
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