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Fable Aesop
The Two Soldiers And The Robber
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Two Soldiers traveling together were set upon by a Robber. The
one fled away; the other stood his ground and defended himself
with his stout right hand. The Robber being slain, the timid
companion ran up and drew his sword, and then, throwing back
his traveling cloak said, "I'll at him, and I'll take care he shall learn
whom he has attacked."

On this, he who had fought with the Robber made answer, "I only
wish that you had helped me just now, even if it had been only
with those words, for I should have been the more encouraged,
believing them to be true; but now put up your sword in its sheath
and hold your equally useless tongue, till you can deceive others
who do not know you. I, indeed, who have experienced with what
speed you run away, know right well that no dependence can be
placed on your valor."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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