Monday, September 20, 2010

Herford: The Fisherman and the Little Fish

A Fisherman at close of day,
Counting his catch, to his dismay
Found one small Fish was all the spoil
Resulting from his hard day's toil.
With gaping mouth and piteous stare
The Fish implored the Man to spare
His life. "I am so small," said he,
"If you'll return me to the sea,
I shall grow bigger by and by
And worth you while to catch." "Not!"
Replied the Fisherman. "I know
Too much to let a Small Fish go
Because there possibly may be
A big Fish somewhere in the sea."

Source: Herford Aesop 7.
Piscator et Pisciculus

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