The Cock and the Jewel

A Cock was busily scratching and scraping about to find something to eat for himself and his family, when he happened to turn up a precious jewel that had been lost by its owner.

"Aha!" said the Cock. "No doubt you are very costly and he who lost you would give a great deal to find you. But as for me, I would choose a single grain of barleycorn before all the jewels in the world."

Moral

Precious things are without value to those who cannot prize them.

The old Lion and the Fox

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The Peacock

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The Goatherd and the Goat

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The Lion and the Gnat

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The Ass, the Fox and the Lion

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The Ant and The Dove

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The Lion and a Clever Fox

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