Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
597. THE MAN AND THE SWORD
Perry 579 (Romulus
A wicked man comes to ruin himself while bringing ruin to many others
as well; listen to the following fable, for example.
A traveller was walking along and found a sword lying in the road. He
said to the sword, 'Who lost you?' The weapon replied, 'One man has lost
me, but I have caused the loss of many a man!'
This fable tells us that a bad man can come to ruin, but he is able
to harm many other people first.
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.