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THE ASS AND THE GRASSHOPPERS
ONE day as an Ass was walking
in the pasture, he found some
Grasshoppers chirping merrily in
a grassy corner of the field.
He listened with a great deal
of admiration to the song of the
Grasshoppers. I t was such a joy
ful song that his pleasure-loving
heart was filled with a wish to
sing as they did.
"What is it?" he asked very
respectfully, "that has given you
such beautiful voices? Is there
any special food you eat, or is
it some divine nectar that makes
you sing so wonderfully?"
"Yes," said the Grasshoppers,
who were very fond of a joke; "it
is the dew we drink! Try some
So thereafter the Ass would
eat nothing and drink nothing
Naturally, the poor foolish
Ass soon died.
The lairs of nature are unchangeable.