Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
494. THE FARMER AND HIS SONS
Perry 42 (Chambry
A farmer who was about to die wanted his sons to be knowledgeable about
the farm, so he summoned them and said, 'My children, there is a treasure
buried in one of my vineyards.' After he died, his sons took plows and
mattocks and dug up the entire farm. They did not find any treasure, but
the vineyard paid them back with a greatly increased harvest.
Thus they learned that man's greatest treasure consists in work.
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.