Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
53. The Sick Stag (Perry 305)
A SICK STAG lay down in a quiet corner of its pasture-ground. His companions
came in great numbers to inquire after his health, and each one helped
himself to a share of the food which had been placed for his use; so that
he died, not from his sickness, but from the failure of the means of living.
Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.
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