Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
JUNO AND THE PEACOCK
The peacock came to see Juno, because he could not accept with equanimity the
fact that the goddess had not given him the song of the nightingale. The peacock
complained that the nightingale's song was wondrously beautiful to every ear,
while he was laughed at by everyone as soon as he made the slightest sound.
Juno then consoled the peacock and said, 'You are superior in beauty and superior
in size; there is an emerald splendour that shines about your neck, and your
tail is a fan filled with jewels and painted feathers.' The peacock protested,
'What is the point of this silent beauty, if I am defeated by the sound of my
own voice?' 'Your lot in life has been assigned by the decision of the Fates,'
said Juno. 'You have been allotted beauty; the eagle, strength; the nightingale,
harmony; the raven has been assigned prophetic signs, while unfavourable omens
are assigned to the crow; and so each is content with his own particular gift.'
Do not strive for something that was not given to you, lest your disappointed
expectations become mired in discontent.
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 509: Caxton 4.4 [English]
Perry 509: Gibbs (Oxford) 507 [English]
Perry 509: Jacobs 33 [English]
Perry 509: L'Estrange 81 [English]
Perry 509: L'Estrange 82 [English]
Perry 509: Townsend 210 [English]
Perry 509: Steinhowel 4.4 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 509: Phaedrus 3.18 [Latin]
Perry 509: Rom. Anglicus 79 [Latin]
Perry 509: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 36 [Latin]
Perry 509: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.22
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.