The Goose and the Golden Eggs – AESOP’S FABLES(greed often overreaches itself)

A goose once laid an egg so bright

And wondrous to behold

Its owner noticed with delight

It was of purest gold.

And every day a perfect twin

Of that first egg was laid,

So that the master came to win

More than the gains of trade.

Deep down, what greater wealth must be!”

He chuckled to himself;

And snatched, in avaricious glee,

A long knife from a shelf;


And slew the bird, and slashed inside

To strip the treasure bare.

Now what was this it seemed to hide?

Nothing at all was there!


But dead the golden creature lay

As any slaughtered goat.

For often greed will but succeed

In cutting its own throat.


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