(23) The Dog, The Cock, and The Fox

A Dog and a Cock having struck up an acquaintance went out on their travels together. Nightfall found them in a forest; so the Cock, flying up on a tree, perched among the branches, while the Dog dozed below at the foot. As the night passed away and day dawned, the Cock, according to his custom, set up a shrill crowing.

A Fox hearing him, and thinking to make a meal of him, came and stood under the tree, and thus addressed him: "Thou art a good little bird, and most useful to thy fellow creatures. Come down, then, we may sing one matins and rejoice together."

The Cock replied, "Go, my good friend, to the foot of the tree and call the sacristan to toll the bell." But as the Fox went to call him, the Dog jumped out a moment, and seized the Fox and made an end of him.

Moral: They who lay traps for others are often caught by their own bait.

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