Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
184. The Hart and the Vine (Perry 77)
A HART, hard pressed in the chase, hid himself beneath the large leaves
of a Vine. The huntsmen, in their haste, overshot the place of his concealment.
Supposing all danger to have passed, the Hart began to nibble the tendrils
of the Vine. One of the huntsmen, attracted by the rustling of the leaves,
looked back, and seeing the Hart, shot an arrow from his bow and struck
it. The Hart, at the point of death, groaned: 'I am rightly served, for
I should not have maltreated the Vine that saved me.'
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