Rosy and ripe, and ready to box,
The grapes hang high o'er the hungry Fox.—
He pricks up his ears, and his eye he cocks.
Ripe and rosy, yet so high!—
He gazes at them with a greedy eye,
And knows he must eat and drink—or die.
When the jump proves to be beyond his power—
"Pooh!" says the Fox. "Let the pigs devour
Fruit of that sort. Those grapes are sour!"
Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695) France
Translated by W. T. Larned