One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found
there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up
it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away,
because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But
he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his
delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the
same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling
his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to
get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and
opened it only to find nothing.
Greed oft o’er reaches itself.