The Ants and the Grasshopper
THE ANTS were employing a fine winter's day in drying grain collected in the summer time. 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; I passed the days in singing. They then said:
If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.
Idleness brings want.
The Grasshopper And The Ant by Jean de La Fontaine
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.