Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
275. THE SHEPHERD AND THE SEA
Perry 207 (Chambry
There was a shepherd tending his flocks in a place beside the sea. When
he saw that the sea was calm and mild, he decided that he wanted to make
a voyage. He sold his flocks and bought some dates which he loaded onto
a ship. He then set sail, but a fierce storm blew up and capsized the
ship. The shepherd lost everything and barely managed to get to shore.
Later on, when the sea had grown calm again, the shepherd saw a man on
the beach praising the sea for her tranquillity. The shepherd remarked,
'That's just because she's after your dates!'
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.