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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

271. Truth and the Traveler (Perry 355)

A WAYFARING MAN, traveling in the desert, met a woman standing alone and terribly dejected. He inquired of her, 'Who art thou?' 'My name is Truth,' she replied. 'And for what cause,' he asked, 'have you left the city to dwell alone here in the wilderness?' She made answer, 'Because in former times, falsehood was with few, but is now with all men.'

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 Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.