Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
32. THE WOLVES, THE SHEEP AND THE DOGS
Perry 153 (Ademar
The sheep and the wolves were at war with one another but the sheep could
not be defeated because the dogs' protection kept them safe. The wolves
sent ambassadors to the sheep, pretending to offer an end to the hostilities
if the sheep would let the wolves serve as their guardians. Hoping that
this would establish an accord once and for all, the sheep agreed to all
the wolves' demands. Afterwards, the wolves broke the treaty and were
able to devour the sheep now that they no longer had anyone to protect
them. The sheep recognized their error too late and regretted the decision
they had made.
If you depend on someone else for help, you will be in trouble when
that help is nowhere to be found.
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.