Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
11. The Fisherman Piping (Perry 11)
A FISHERMAN skilled in music took his flute and his nets to the seashore.
Standing on a projecting rock, he played several tunes in the hope that
the fish, attracted by his melody, would of their own accord dance into
his net, which he had placed below. At last, having long waited in vain,
he laid aside his flute, and casting his net into the sea, made an excellent
haul of fish. When he saw them leaping about in the net upon the rock
he said: 'O you most perverse creatures, when I piped you would not dance,
but now that I have ceased you do so merrily.'
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google