Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Image: Hirundo et Formicae


M0483 - M0484 - M0485
484. Hirundo et Formicae. Hirundo olim formicas laborantes conspexit. Diu laborem admirata, “Quid,” inquit, “agitis, formicae?” “Brevi redibit hiems,” responderunt illae; “itaque aestate grana in horrea nostra condimus, ne fame pereamus.” “Optime habet,” dixit hirundo, “prudentiam istam et ipsa imitabor.” Quo dicto, huc illuc volitans, grana et cibum sub tignis in hiemem condebat. Altera tamen hirundo “Operam,” inquit, “perdis. Sub adventum hiemis in alias terras mecum migrabis et grana ista aliis relinques; non poteris enim ea tecum portare.” Non igitur omnes sunt omnibus imitandi.



M0484 (not in Perry). Source: Potts & Darnell p. 5. This fable is not included in Perry’s catalog. Compare this story to the famous fable of the ant and the cricket, #652.

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