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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 245 (Chambry 47)

A coward was leaving on his way to war. Some ravens cawed at him, so he put his weapons down and stood still. Then he took up his arms once more and proceeded on his way, but the ravens cawed at him again. The coward stopped and finally said, 'Squawk at me as long as you want: you are still not going to get a bite out of my flesh!'
This is a story for people who are terrible cowards.

Note: This story is found in Plutarch, Life of Phocion 9.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.