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; "for when you wake your neighbors, you entirely put an
end to our business."
The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)