Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
125. THE ANT AND THE DUNG BEETLE
Perry 112 (Chambry
During the summer, the ant went around the fields collecting grains of
wheat and barley so that he could store up some food for the winter. A
dung beetle watched the ant and decided that he must be a wretched creature
since he worked all the time, never taking a moment's rest, unlike the
other animals. The ant didn't pay attention to the dung beetle and simply
went about his business. When winter came and the dung was washed away
by the rain, the beetle grew hungry. He went to the ant and begged him
to share a little bit of his food. The ant replied, 'O beetle, if you
had done some work yourself instead of making fun of me while I was working
so hard, then you would not need to be asking me for food.'
The fable teaches us that we should not neglect important things that
require our attention, and instead we should attend in good time to our
Note: For the more famous version of this story about the ant and the
cricket, see Fable 126 (following).
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.