The Wasps, the Partridges, and the Farmer

: Aesop's Fables

THE WASPS and the Partridges, overcome with thirst, came to a

Farmer and besought him to give them some water to drink. They

promised amply to repay him the favor which they asked. The

Partridges declared that they would dig around his vines and make

them produce finer grapes. The Wasps said that they would keep

guard and drive off thieves with their stings. But the Farmer

interrupted them, saying: "I have already two oxen, who, without

making any promises, do all these things. It is surely better

for me to give the water to them than to you."