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The Cock and the Pearl

(Recueil 1, Livre 1, Fable 20)

 

 

A cock scratched up, one day,

A pearl of purest ray,

Which to a jeweller he bore.

"I think it fine," he said,

"But yet a crumb of bread

To me were worth a great deal more."

So did a dunce inherit

A manuscript of merit,

Which to a publisher he bore.

"It's good," said he, "I'm told,

Yet any coin of gold

To me were worth a great deal more."

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 1, Fable 20

 

 

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