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The Cock and the Jewel

by Aesop

I would rather have one barleycorn than all the jewels in the world.

A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone; on which he said: If thy 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.


Source:

Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.