Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
233. The Two Men Who Were Enemies (Perry
TWO MEN, deadly enemies to each other, were sailing in the same vessel.
Determined to keep as far apart as possible, the one seated himself in
the stem, and the other in the prow of the ship. A violent storm arose,
and with the vessel in great danger of sinking, the one in the stern inquired
of the pilot which of the two ends of the ship would go down first. On
his replying that he supposed it would be the prow, the Man said, 'Death
would not be grievous to me, if I could only see my Enemy die before me.'
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