Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE JACKDAW AND THE FIGS
A hungry jackdaw alighted on a fig tree. He discovered that the figs were still
not ripe, so he decided to wait until they were ready. A fox saw the jackdaw
loitering there and asked him what he was waiting for. The fox then offered
the jackdaw this piece of advice: 'It is a big mistake to entertain such expectations:
hope will lead you on at first but then leave you empty-handed.'
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.
Perry 126: Gibbs (Oxford) 281 [English]
Perry 126: Townsend 258 [English]
Perry 126: Chambry 160 [Greek]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.