The Ass and the Grasshopper

by Aesop

AN ASS, having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on, to give them such beautiful voices. They replied: The dew. The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.

Where one may live, another may starve.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,
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