IS universally known, his flesh being one of the chief for human food. His wool is of great use for cloathing. Although of a moderate size and well covered, he does not live more than nine or ten years. The Ram is strong and fierce. The Ewe goes with young about twenty weeks, and the lamb has always been an emblem of innocence.
This animal is one of the most useful that nature ever submitted to the empire of man; and in patriarchal life, the number of Sheep constituted the riches of kings and princes; in fact this animal was so much esteemed for his multifarious good qualities, that the Ram obtained the first place among the signs of the Zodiac, under the Latin name of Aries.