Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
155. THE EAGLE AND THE FOX
Perry 1 (Syntipas
The eagle befriended the fox but he later devoured the fox's pups. Since
she had no power over the eagle, the fox prayed to the gods for justice.
Then one day when a sacrifice was burning upon an altar, the eagle flew
down and grabbed the sizzling meat to carry it off to his chicks. The
meat was so hot that as soon as the chicks ate it, they died.
This fable shows that even if the victims of powerful and wicked people
cannot get revenge directly, the gods will nevertheless inflict a punishment
on them in response to their victims' prayers.
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.