BOOK ONE. THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT.* A GRASSHOPPER gay Sang the summer away, And found herself poor By the winter's first roar. Of meat or of bread, Not a morsel she had ! So a begging she went, To her neighbour the ant, For the loan of some wheat, Which would serve her to eat. Till the season came round.
- I will pay you,' she saith,
' On an animal's faith, Double weight in the pound Ere the harvest be bound.' The ant is a friend (And here she might mend) Little given to lend.