AESOP'S FABLES

The Cock and the Housemaids – AESOP’S FABLES (be careful what you ask for… laziness is its own punishment)


Each dawn a cock’s commotion

Ended a housewife’s snores;

She roused her maids and called them

Back to heir daily chores.

 

“But for the fowl’s intrusion,”

They raised resentful cries,

“We would be left to slumber

Until we wished to rise!”

 

Then, in their indignation,

They seized the erring bird,

And wrung its neck – Thenceforward

No voice at dawn was heard.

 

But now the mistress, fearing

To sleep beyond the night,

Would wake at least an hour

Before the early light.

 

And the servants, working sooner

Then ever in days before,

Bewailed, “It would be music

To hear the cock once more!”

 

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