The Vine and the Goat

: Aesop's Fables

A VINE was luxuriant in the time of vintage with leaves and

grapes. A Goat, passing by, nibbled its young tendrils and its

leaves. The Vine addressed him and said: "Why do you thus injure

me without a cause, and crop my leaves? Is there no young grass

left? But I shall not have to wait long for my just revenge; for

if you now should crop my leaves, and cut me down to my root, I

shall provide the wine to pour over you when you are led as a

victim to the sacrifice."