Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MAN AND THE SWORD
A wicked man comes to ruin himself while bringing ruin to
many others as well; listen to the following fable, for example.
A traveller was walking along and found a sword lying in the road. He said to
the sword, 'Who lost you?' The weapon replied, 'One man has lost me, but I have
caused the loss of many a man!'
This fable tells us that a bad man can come to ruin, but he is able to harm
many other people first.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 579: Caxton 4.18 [English]
Perry 579: Gibbs (Oxford) 597 [English]
Perry 579: Steinhowel 4.18 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 579: Rom. Anglicus 111 [Latin]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.