The Ants and the Grasshopper

THE ANTS were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.

The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?”

He replied, “I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.”

They then said in derision:

“If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.”

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