The Fisher

This entry is part 27 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

A Fisher once took his bagpipes to the bank of a river, and played upon them with the hope of making the fish rise; but never a one put his nose out of the water.

So he cast his net into the river and soon drew it forth filled with fish.

Then he took his bagpipes again, and, as he played, the fish leapt up in the net. ‘Ah, you dance now when I play,’ said he.

‘Yes,’ said an old Fish: ‘When you are in a man’s power you must do as he bids you.’

The Fisher


Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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