Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
205. The Boy Bathing (Perry 211)
A BOY bathing in a river was in danger of being drowned. He called out
to a passing traveler for help, but instead of holding out a helping hand,
the man stood by unconcernedly, and scolded the boy for his imprudence.
'Oh, sir!' cried the youth, 'pray help me now and scold me afterwards.'
Counsel without help is useless.
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