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Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.)  Fables.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Fisher and the Little Fish
 
 
IT happened that a Fisher, after fishing all day, caught only a little fish. “Pray, let me go, master,” said the Fish. “I am much too small for your eating just now. If you put me back into the river I shall soon grow, then you can make a fine meal off me.”  1
  “Nay, nay, my little Fish,” said the Fisher, “I have you now. I may not catch you hereafter.”
        “A LITTLE THING IN HAND IS WORTH MORE THAN A GREAT THING IN PROSPECT.”
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