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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 473 (Phaedrus 1.9)

With this brief fable I will show that it is a foolish thing to give advice to others while not looking out for oneself.
A hare had been seized by an eagle and was weeping bitter tears. Meanwhile, a sparrow was making fun of the hare and said, 'So, what became of your fabled swiftness? How did your feet happen to fail you?' While the sparrow was still speaking, he was caught off guard by a hawk who killed the sparrow as he was still shrieking his useless cries of protest. The hare, by now no more than half-alive, remarked, 'Ah, this makes my dying easier: a moment ago you were making fun of my misfortune, confident in your own safety, but now you are bewailing your fate with a lament that matches my own.'

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.