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
They then said in derision: "If you were foolish enough to sing
all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)