The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
A Trumpeter during a battle ventured too near the enemy and
was captured by them. They were about to proceed to put him to
death when he begged them to hear his plea for mercy. "I do not
fight," said he, "and indeed carry no weapon; I only blow this
trumpet, and surely that cannot harm you; then why should you kill
"You may not fight yourself," said the others, "but you
encourage and guide your men to the fight."
Words may be deeds.