Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
552. THE SNAKE AND THE THORN BUSH
Perry 96 (Chambry
There was a grapevine next to a river, and a thorn bush had been planted
as a fence around the vine. When the river rose, the thorn bush was swept
away by the water, and a snake who had entwined himself in the thorns
was also carried away. When someone saw the snake riding on the thorn
bush, he said, 'A wicked ship, and worthy of its sailor!'
The story shows that a wicked person deservedly comes to a bad end
by keeping company with other wicked people.
Note: In other versions of this story (included in Chambry's first
edition of the Greek fables), it is a fox who makes fun of the thorn
bush and the snake.
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.