IN A field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
Medieval prose Phædrus. The Ant is also the type of provident toil in Proverbs vi. 6. La Fontaine's first fable deals with this subject, and has recently formed the basis of the Opera La Cigale.
Ant and the Grasshopper, The
Fables of Aesop, The
Aesop & Jacobs, Joseph
Macmillan & Co.
Year of Publication:
Country of Origin:
ATU 280A: The Ant and the Cricket