Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 53. The Fisher and the Little Fish (Perry
It happened that a Fisher, after fishing all day, caught only a little
fish. "Pray, let me go, master," said the Fish. "I am much
too small for your eating just now. If you put me back into the river
I shall soon grow, then you can make a fine meal off me."
"Nay, nay, my little Fish," said the Fisher, "I have you
now. I may not catch you hereafter."
A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
Richard Heighway (1894). The page images come from Google
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