The Fox and the Grapes – AESOP’S FABLES (there are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach)

A thirsty fox beheld some grapes

That dangled from a vine.

“How good!” said he. “They’re just for me!

They look superbly fine!”

Time after time he leapt to reach

The hanging purple fruit.

But vain to try! They swung too high

For his lunging jaws to loot.


But after he had puffed and strained

And could not touch the prize,

With tail bent low he had to go

While longing filled his eyes.


“Oh, well,” he sniffed, “there’s nothing lost!

The grapes, I’m sure, are sour!”

Thus some berate the things that fate

Has put beyond their power.





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