Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
107. THE CICADA AND THE FOX
Perry 241 (Chambry
A cicada was singing on top of a tall tree. The fox wanted to eat the
cicada, so she came up with a trick. She stood in front of the tree and
marvelled at the cicada's beautiful song. The fox then asked the cicada
to come down and show himself, since the fox wanted to see how such a
tiny creature could be endowed with such a sonorous voice. But the cicada
saw through the fox's trick. He tore a leaf from the tree and let it fall
to the ground. Thinking it was the cicada, the fox pounced and the cicada
then said, 'Hey, you must be crazy to think I would come down from here!
I've been on my guard against foxes ever since I saw the wings of a cicada
in the spoor of a fox.'
The fable shows that a discerning person is made wise by the misfortunes
of his neighbours.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.