Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
225. THE BULLS AND THE WAGON
Perry 45 (Babrius
Four strong bulls were straining with their shoulders to pull a wagon
into town, while the wagon kept on creaking. The driver was filled with
rage and leaned down next to the wagon, speaking in a voice loud enough
to be heard, 'You vile creature, why are you raising such a ruckus? Those
who are carrying you on their shoulders aren't making a sound!'
Note: An epimythium probably added by a
later editor reads: 'Bad people are in the habit of weeping and
wailing when others are working, just as if they were also exerting
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.