The Cock and the Jewel

A Cock, scratching for food for
himself and his hens, found a
precious stone and exclaimed:
"If your owner had found thee,
and not I, he would have taken thee
up, and have set thee in thy
first estate; but I have found
thee for no purpose. I would
rather have one barleycorn than
all the jewels in the world."

 

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