Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
126. THE ANT AND THE CRICKET
Perry 373 (Syntipas
During the wintertime, an ant was living off the grain that he had stored
up for himself during the summer. The cricket came to the ant and asked
him to share some of his grain. The ant said to the cricket, 'And what
were you doing all summer long, since you weren't gathering grain to eat?'
The cricket replied, 'Because I was busy singing I didn't have time for
the harvest.' The ant laughed at the cricket's reply, and hid his heaps
of grain deeper in the ground. 'Since you sang like a fool in the summer,'
said the ant, 'you better be prepared to dance the winter away!'
This fable depicts lazy, careless people who indulge in foolish pastimes,
and therefore lose out.
Note: For a condemnation of the ant's foolish greed, see Fable
127 (following). For another negative interpretation of the ant's
behaviour, see Fable 513, the story of the man
who became an ant.
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.