Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
6. The Father and His Sons (Perry 53)
A FATHER had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves.
When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined
to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for
this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When
they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them
in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with
all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot,
took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons'
hands, upon which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in these
words: 'My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other,
you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies;
but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily
as these sticks.'
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