Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
10. The Wolf and the Crane (Perry 156)
A WOLF who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, for a large
sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When the Crane
had extracted the bone and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning
and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: 'Why, you have surely already had a
sufficient recompense, in having been permitted to draw out your head
in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf.'
In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape
injury for your pains.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google