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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:


A stork had gone to her usual pond and saw a goose there who kept plunging down deep into the water. The stork then asked the goose what she was doing and the goose replied, 'We geese go down into the muddy bottom of the pond to look for food and to escape the hawk's attack.' The stork said, 'I am stronger than the hawk! You should be friends with me, and I will allow you to scoff at that other bird!' The goose agreed, and not long afterwards she called on the stork to come help her. The goose had not plunged into the water, so the hawk immediately swooped down and caught her up in his talons. As the hawk was about to devour her, the goose replied, 'A wretched death awaits anyone who puts his trust in such a worthless defender!'
For people who expect to be defended by someone who cannot offer them any protection.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.

Perry 570: Gibbs (Oxford) 53 [English]
Perry 570: Ademar 53 [Latin]

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.