The Hen and the Golden Eggs

: Aesop's Fables

A COTTAGER and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every

day. They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of

gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it.

Having done so, they found to their surprise that the Hen

differed in no respect from their other hens. The foolish pair,

thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of

the gain of which they were assured day by day.