Was storing grains of wheat away
For Winter good. A Grasshopper
Paused in his song to laugh at her.
"Why do you work so hard?" said he,
"Summer's the time for jollity!"
The Ant said nothing. By and by
Came winter with the frowning sky
And frozen meadows; came also
The Grasshopper, with tale of woe.
"Help me, for pity's sake!" cried he.
"No," said the Ant, "you mocked at me
Last summer; now you ask to share
My harvest. All I have to spare
Is Good Advice: Exchange your gift
Of song and dance for honest thrift."
Source: Herford Aesop 3.
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