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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Hen And The Golden Eggs

A Cottager and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day.
They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in its
inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it. Having done so,
they found to their surprise that the Hen differed in no respect from
their other hens. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at
once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured
day by day.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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