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Author: Phaedrus - 41 AD

Translated into English
  by C. Smart - 1887

Source: The Fables of Phaedrus

Translated from (Latin):
De Vulpe et Uva

Country of origin: Italy

Story type: Fox and the Sour Grapes (ATU 59)

Based on The Fox and the Grapes (Aesop)

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The Fox and the Grapes

Phaedrus / C. Smart

An hungry Fox with fierce attack
Sprang on a Vine, but tumbled back,
Nor could attain the point in view,
So near the sky the bunches grew.
As he went off, "They're scurvy stuff,"
Says he, "and not half ripe enough--
And I 've more rev'rence for my tripes
Than to torment them with the gripes."
For those this tale is very pat
Who lessen what they can't come at.