Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
389. THE GOATHERD AND THE GOAT
Perry 280 (Aphthonius
A story about a goat, urging us not to try to conceal something obvious.
A goatherd tried to induce a goat who had strayed from the flock to join
the other goats. He was not able to accomplish anything by shouting or
whistling, so he threw a rock at the goat, and the rock broke one of her
horns. The goatherd begged the goat not to tell the master what had happened,
but the goat replied, 'You must be the stupidest goatherd in the world!
The horn itself will proclaim the deed, even if I remain silent.'
Only an utter fool would try to hide what is obvious for all to see.
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.