From: "Merry Little Tales for merry little hearts" [London, 1853]
"The fowl she laid an egg and then
She hatched it, like a good old hen --
A wondrous story 'tis to tell:
No chicken comes from out the shell!
But soon as hatched, right out there ran
A little Dwarfish tiny Man!
With Boots and spurs and coat bright red,
And smart cock'd hat upon his head. --
He gives his tiny whip a smack
And jumps upon an old cocks back.
The cock not relishing such fun,
With fear and fright begins to run.
And lots of children join the chase
With fun and laughter in each face.
The little man cares not a bit
For all their screaming and their wit.
At length the cock he wants some rest,
And tries to rid him of his guest;
So flings the Dwarf into a Pan
Of Water, and then off he ran.
The children now all flock around,
In time to pull him out, half drown'd"
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."
(65 bce - 8 bce)