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The Thieves and the Cock

Some Thieves broke into a house and found nothing but a Cock, whom they stole, and got off as fast as they could. Upon arriving at home they prepared to kill the Cock, who thus pleaded for his life: 'Pray spare me
I am very serviceable to men. I wake them up in the night to their work.' 'That is the very reason why we must the more kill you,' they replied