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THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT. quer'lous, querulous, peevish, d'ye, abbreviation or short way discontented.

of writing do you." 'tis, an abbreviation for "it is." an't, meaning " and if it.we'll, abbreviation for you'd, abbreviation for if you will."

had.
A GRASSHOPPER, whose sprightly song
Had lasted all the summer long,
At length, when wintry gales assail her,
Perceiv'd her old resources fail her.
No tiny worm or slender fly
Can now her ready food supply;
Of neighbour ant, in quer'lous strain,
She begs a little loan of grain,
And whilst her suit she thus preferred,
Engaged an honest insect's word
She would next * Lammas to the day
Both principal and interest pay.
The prudent, cautious ant, 'tis said,
Holds borrowing in a sort of dread,
And (from this charge we'll not defend her)
Abhors the very name of lender.
With importunity grown weary,
She checks it with this single query,
Pray, neighbour, how d'ye spend your

summer ? “I charm, an't please you, every comer ; All thro' the season every day I sing the merry hours away.”

BODLEIAN LIBRAR

OXFORD

3 NOV86

HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.

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