The Frog And The Hen

: Literary Fables Of Yriarte

Once on a time, a noisy Frog

Heard a Hen cackling near his bog;

"Begone!" said he; "your clamor rude

Disturbs our quiet neighborhood.

What's all this shocking fuss about, I beg?"--

"Nothing, dear sir, but that I've laid an egg."

"A single egg! and therefore such a rout?"--

"Yes, neighbor Frog, a single egg, I say.

Are you so troubled, when I'm not put out

To hear your croaking all the night and day?

I boast that I have done some little good, though small;

Hold you your tongue! You do no good at all."