The Hen with the Golden Eggs by Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)
translated by Walter ThornburyMy little story will explain
An olden maxim, which expresses
How Avarice, in search of gain,
May lose the hoard that it possesses.
The fable tells us that a Hen
Laid golden eggs, each egg a treasure;
Its owner -- stupidest of men --
Was miserly beyond all measure.
He thought a mine of wealth to find
Within the Hen, and so he slew it.
He found a bird of common kind --
And lost a pretty fortune through it.
For money-worms, who now and then
Grow poor through trying to be wealthy,
I tell my fable of the Hen;
My tale is good, my moral healthy.
|*Painted on a plate, the farmhouse in the 1950s. NOW the farm is a golf course and the farmhouse is a B&B.|