The Ants and the Grasshopper
I passed the days in singing.”
THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANTS
One fine day in winter some Ants were busy drying their store of corn, which had got rather damp during a long spell of rain.
Presently up came a Grasshopper and begged them to spare her a few grains, “For,” she said, “I’m simply starving.”
The Ants stopped work for a moment, though this was against their principles.
“May we ask,” said they, “what you were doing with yourself all last summer? Why didn’t you collect a store of food for the winter?” “The fact is,” replied the Grasshopper, “I was so busy singing that I hadn’t the time.”
“If you spent the summer singing,” replied the Ants, “you can’t do better than spend the winter dancing.”
And they chuckled and went on with their work.