Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
2. The Cock and The Pearl (Perry
A Rooster, while scratching for grain,
Found a Pearl. He just paused to explain
That a jewel's no good
To a fowl wanting food,
And then kicked it aside with disdain.
"IF HE ASK BREAD, WILL YET GIVE HIM A STONE?"
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.