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The Two Soldiers and the Robber

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