Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
273. (Abstemius 20) The Fishes and the Frying-Pan.
A Cook was frying a Dish of Live Fish, and so soon as ever they felt the Heat of the Pan; There's no enduring of This, cry'd one, and so they all leapt into the Fire; and instead of mending the Matter, they were worse now than before.
The Remedy is many times worse than the Disease.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.