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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

165. A BOY AND COCKLES (Perry 54)

Some People were Roasting of Cockles, and they Hiss’d in the Fire. Well (says a blockheaded Boy) These are Villainous Creatures sure, to Sing when their Houses are a-fire over their Heads.
THE MORAL. Nothing can be Well that’s out of Season.

L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir Roger L'Estrange. Aesop - Fables which is available at amazon.com.