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

59. A DOG AND A BUTCHER (Perry 254)

As a Butcher was busy about his Meat, a Dog runs away with a Sheep's-Heart. The Butcher saw him upon the Gallop with a piece of Flesh in's Mouth, and call'd out after him, hark ye Friend (says he) you may e'en make the best of your Purchase, so long as y'ave made me the wiser for't.
THE MORAL. It may serve as a Comfort to us in all our Calamaties and Afflictions, that he that loses any Thing and gets Wisdom by it, is a Gainer by the Loss.

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