Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
315. THE WITCH ON TRIAL
Perry 56 (Chambry
There was a witch who claimed to be able to perform magic ceremonies
to avert divine wrath. She was often employed for such purposes and earned
a considerable profit in this line of work. Certain people then accused
her of sacrilege. The woman was arrested and condemned to death. As they
were leading her away, someone saw her and said, 'You claimed to be able
to turn aside the anger of the gods, so why weren't you able to ward off
the plans of mere mortals?'
The fable shows that people often make extravagant promises which they
are completely unable to carry out.
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.