The Dog and the Shadow

: Aesop's Fables

It happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was

carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way

home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he

crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the

water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of

meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at

the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of

meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.