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The Ants and the Grasshopper

Public Domain Translation of Aesop's Fables Selections

By George Fyler Townsend

Aesop's Fables

Translated by George Fyler Townsend

The Ants and the Grasshopper

Preface | Life of Aesop | Aesop's Fables Contents

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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