Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
461. THE HUNTER AND THE FISHERMAN
Perry 327 (Babrius
A hunter was coming down from the mountain after the hunt while a fisherman
was walking along with a basket full of fish and the two men crossed paths.
The hunter preferred to have fish fresh from the sea, while the fisherman
preferred wild game caught in the fields so they exchanged the things
that they were carrying. From then on they always traded their catch so
that they could both enjoy more appetizing dinners. Eventually someone
gave them this advice: 'Be careful, because too much familiarity will
eventually spoil the goodness of these things, so that each of you will
long to have what was originally yours.'
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.