The Thieves and the Cock

177. THE THIEVES AND THE COCK. Some thieves entering a house with a design to rob it, when they were got in, found nothing worth taking but a cock, so they took and carried him off. But as they were about to kill him, he begged hard for his life, putting them in mind how useful he was to mankind by crowing and calling them up betimes to their work.
“You villain,” replied they, “it is for that very reason we will wring your head off; for you alarm and keep people waking, so that we cannot rob at quiet for you.” [more info]

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