Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
421. THE SHIP IN A STORM
Perry 78 (Phaedrus
When a man was complaining about his bad luck, Aesop invented this story
in order to console him: 'As a ship was being tossed by the relentless
waves and its passengers swayed between tears and the fear of death, the
day suddenly took on a tranquil appearance and the ship surged ahead,
borne by favourable winds. The sailors began to rejoice much too cheerfully,
whereupon the ship's pilot (a man made wise by the dangers he had faced)
said to them, "It is better to restrain your good spirits while also
not being too quick to despair: life is always a mixture of both grief
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.