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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
C. M. L. from the fables of Æsop.
 OUT in the field one summer day an Ant was busy
gathering grains of wheat and corn for his winter's
A Grasshopper who was chirping and singing to his
heart's content saw the Ant and said:
"Why not come and chat with me instead of toiling all
"I am working to lay up food for the winter," said the
Ant, "and some time you will wish that you had laid
away something also."
"Why think about the winter now," said the Grasshopper,
"when we have plenty and to spare?"
But the Ant went on his way and continued to work all
When it came winter the poor Grasshopper was almost
dying with hunger, for the snow had come and covered up
all his food. Sadly he came to the Ant and begged for
something to eat, but the Ant said: "No. If you had
worked in the summer, instead of playing all day, you
would never have come to want."