Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
561. THE MAN AND THE STATUE OF HERMES
Perry 99 (Chambry
A man fashioned a Hermes out of wood and carried it to the market to
put it up for sale but no customers approached him. In order to attract
some buyers the man began to shout that he was selling a wish-fulfilling
god who brought profit to its owner. 'Hey you,' someone said, 'why are
you putting such a thing up for sale, instead of enjoying its benefits
yourself?' The man answered, 'I am in need of some immediate benefits,
but this god happens to take his time when distributing profits!'
This fable suits a man who is so greedy for gain that he doesn't even
have respect for the gods.
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.