Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
258. THE RIVERS AND THE SEA
Perry 412 (Syntipas
The rivers came together in order to make a complaint against the sea.
They told her, 'Why is it that we come to you with waters that are sweet
and fit to drink, but you change them into something salty and undrinkable?'
In response to the rivers' criticism, the sea replied, 'Don't come, and
you won't get salty!'
This fable depicts people who criticize someone inappropriately even
though that person is actually helping them.
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.