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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

345. THE EYES AND THE HONEY
Perry 461 (Dio Chrysostom, Orations 33)

Aesop said that the eyes were distressed because they considered themselves the most worthy part of the body, yet they saw the mouth enjoying every possible pleasure, especially honey, the sweetest substance of all. Filled with resentment, the eyes complained to the man. But when the man put honey in his eyes, they felt a stinging pain and burst into tears, since they thought that the honey was harsh and unpleasant.


Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.