Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
118. The Two Travelers and the Axe (Perry
TWO MEN were journeying together. One of them picked up an axe that lay
upon the path, and said, 'I have found an axe.' 'Nay, my friend,' replied
the other, 'do not say 'I,' but 'We' have found an axe.' They had not
gone far before they saw the owner of the axe pursuing them, and he who
had picked up the axe said, 'We are undone.' 'Nay,' replied the other,
'keep to your first mode of speech, my friend; what you thought right
then, think right now. Say 'I,' not 'We' are undone.'
He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google