Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
94. TWO ENEMIES AT SEA (Perry 68)
There were two Enemies at Sea in the same Vessel, the one at the Ship’s
Head, the other at the Stern. It blew a dreadful Storm, and when the Vessel
was just ready to be swallow’d up, one of them ask’d the Master, which
part of the Ship would be first under Water; so he told him the t’other
End would sink first. Why then, says he, I shall have the Comfort of seeing
my Enemy go before me.
THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. 'Tis a wretched Satisfcation, that
a revengeful Man takes, even in the losing of his own Life, provided that
his Enemy may go for Company.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.