Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
425. THE MOUSE IN THE POT
Perry 167 (Babrius
A mouse fell into a pot of broth which had no lid. As he was choking
on the grease and gasping for breath he said, 'Well, I have had my fill
of eating and drinking and I have stuffed myself with all kinds of fine
food: the time has now come for me to die!'
Note: An epimythium probably added by a
later editor reads: 'You members of the human race will become like
that greedy mouse if you do not give up luxuries that are delicious
but deadly.' Compare also the advice in Horace,
Epistles 2.2.214: 'You've had your fill of gaming, likewise of eating
and drinking: now it's time for you to go.'
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.