Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
97. A FOWLER AND A BLACK-BIRD (Perry
As a Fowler was bending his net, a Black-Bird call'd to him at a distance,
and ask'd him what he was doing. Why, says he, I am laying the Foundations
of a City; and so the Bird-Man drew out of Sight. The Black-Bird mistrusting
nothing, flew presently to the Bait in the Net, and was taken; and as
the Man came running to lay hold of her; Friend, says the poor Black-Bird,
if this be your way of Building, you'll have but few Inhabitants.
THE MORAL. There is no Sham so gross, but it will pass upon a weak
Man that is pragmatical and inquisitive.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.