Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
375. THE BEAR AND THE FOX
Perry 288 (Babrius
The bear boasted that he was exceptionally fond of mankind since, as
he explained, bears don't pull dead people's bodies to pieces. The fox
remarked, 'I'd prefer that you mangled the dead ones, if you'd leave the
Note: An epimythium probably added by a
later editor reads: 'If someone injures me while I am alive, do
not let him weep over me when I am dead.'
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.