Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
87. THE BIRD-CATCHER AND THE LARK
Perry 193 (Chambry
A bird-catcher had set up his snare for the birds. A lark observed these
preparations and asked the bird-catcher what he was doing. The man said
to the lark that he was founding a city. The man then moved away from
the snare. The bird, believing what the man had said, approached and ate
some of the bait. Then, without realizing it, he was trapped in the snare.
As the bird-catcher ran up and grabbed hold of the lark, the bird said
to him, 'Look here, if this is the sort of city you are founding, you
won't find many inhabitants for it!'
The story shows that households and cities are most likely to be deserted
when there are harsh people in charge.
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.