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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 003)

Based on Ὄνος καὶ τέττιγες

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: Ass Tries to Get a Cricket's Voice (ATU 292)


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The Ass and the Grasshopper

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, "The dew." The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.