Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
93. The Huntsman and the Fisherman (Perry
A HUNTSMAN, returning with his dogs from the field, fell in by chance
with a Fisherman who was bringing home a basket well laden with fish.
The Huntsman wished to have the fish, and their owner experienced an equal
longing for the contents of the game-bag. They quickly agreed to exchange
the produce of their day's sport. Each was so well pleased with his bargain
that they made for some time the same exchange day after day. Finally
a neighbor said to them, 'If you go on in this way, you will soon destroy
by frequent use the pleasure of your exchange, and each will again wish
to retain the fruits of his own sport.'
Abstain and enjoy.
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