The Two Soldiers and the Robber

: Aesop's Fables

TWO SOLDIERS traveling together were set upon by a Robber. The

one fled away; the other stood his ground and defended himself

with his stout right hand. The Robber being slain, the timid

companion ran up and drew his sword, and then, throwing back his

traveling cloak said, "I'll at him, and I'll take care he shall

learn whom he has attacked." On this, he who had fought with the

Robber made answer, "I only wish that you had helped me just now,

even if it had been only with those words, for I should have been

the more encouraged, believing them to be true; but now put up

your sword in its sheath and hold your equally useless tongue,

till you can deceive others who do not know you. I, indeed, who

have experienced with what speed you run away, know right well

that no dependence can be placed on your valor."