Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
80. The Farmer and His Sons (Perry 42)
A FATHER, being on the point of death, wished to be sure that his sons
would give the same attention to his farm as he himself had given it.
He called them to his bedside and said, 'My sons, there is a great treasure
hid in one of my vineyards.' The sons, after his death, took their spades
and mattocks and carefully dug over every portion of their land. They
found no treasure, but the vines repaid their labor by an extraordinary
and superabundant crop.
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