Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE GOOSE AND THE STORK
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
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 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.