Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
345. THE EYES AND THE HONEY
Perry 461 (Dio
Chrysostom, Orations 33)
Aesop said that the eyes were distressed because they considered themselves
the most worthy part of the body, yet they saw the mouth enjoying every
possible pleasure, especially honey, the sweetest substance of all. Filled
with resentment, the eyes complained to the man. But when the man put
honey in his eyes, they felt a stinging pain and burst into tears, since
they thought that the honey was harsh and unpleasant.
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.