Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE FISHERMEN AND THE STONE
Some fishermen were hauling in their net. It was quite heavy, so the fishermen
made merry and danced for joy, thinking that they had landed a very big catch.
Yet when they finally dragged it in, they found that the net contained only
a few fish, together with a very large stone. The fishermen now grew extremely
despondent, not so much because of the lack of fish but because they had been
expecting just the opposite. Then one of the fishermen, an experienced old man,
remarked, 'Let's not take it too hard, my friends! Given that grief seems to
be the sister of joy, then we must expect to put up with some suffering precisely
because we were so elated at first.'
The fable shows that we have to endure reversals of fortune, since we know
that life is a matter of luck.
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 13: Gibbs (Oxford) 419 [English]
Perry 13: L'Estrange 114 [English]
Perry 13: Townsend 219 [English]
Perry 13: Chambry 23 [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.