Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 51. The Two Pots (Perry 378)
Two Pots had been left on the bank of a river, one of brass, and one
of earthenware. When the tide rose they both floated off down the stream.
Now the earthenware pot tried its best to keep aloof from the brass one,
which cried out: "Fear nothing, friend, I will not strike you."
"But I may come in contact with you," said the other, "if
I come too close; and whether I hit you, or you hit me, I shall suffer
The strong and the weak cannot keep company.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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