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Author: Marie de France - 12CAD

Translated into English
  by Mary Lou Martin - 1979

Source: The Fables of Marie de France

Translated from (Old French):
D'un coc qui truva une Gemme sor un Fomeroi

Country of origin: France

Based on Pullus ad Margaritam (Phaedrus)


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The Rooster and the Gem

Marie de France / Mary Lou Martin

There once was a rooster who climbed atop a dung hill and began to scratch, looking for his food in the way he knew best, according to his nature. Seeing something sparkling, he examined it closely and found it to be a precious gem. "I thought I would find my food in this dung hill," he said. "Inste


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