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

Perry 486 (Phaedrus 1.31)

The person who turns to a dishonest for help in times of trouble will be ruined, not rescued.
The doves kept having to run away from the kite, eluding death on the swiftness of their wings. The rapacious kite then decided to try some deceptive advice, fooling the defenceless flock by means of a trick. “Why do you prefer this anxious way of life,” he asked, “when instead you could strike up an agreement with me and make me your king, so that I would keep you safe from all possible danger?” The doves were persuaded by the kite's advice and turned themselves over to his care but once he became king, the kite began to feast on his subjects one by one, wielding supreme authority with the fierceness of his talons. Then one of the survivors said, “This is the punishment we deserve, since we put our lives in the hands of this thieving scoundrel!”

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.