A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shinning amid the straw. " Ho ho ..." quoth he, "that 's for me," and soon rooted it out from beneath the straw. What did it turn out to be but a Pearl that by some chance had been lost in the yard ? " you may be a treasure, " quoth master cock, "to men that prize you, but for me I would rather have a single barley-corn than a peck of pearl."
"Precious things are for those that can prige them".