Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
426. THE SPARROW AND THE MYRTLE BERRIES
Perry 86 (Syntipas
A sparrow was feeding on some myrtle berries. The berries were so sweet
that the sparrow stayed right there in the tree and refused to leave.
Meanwhile, a bird catcher who had been watching the sparrow caught her
and killed her. As the sparrow was about to take her last breath, she
exclaimed, 'What a miserable creature I am! I am going to die merely for
the sake of some food and its momentary sweetness.'
This fable shows that some people, out of their desire for good food
and luxury, put their lives at risk in the same way as wicked people do.
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.