The Hedge and the Vineyard


A foolish young heir who had just come into his father's land, caused all the hedges about the vineyard to be grubbed up because they bore no grapes. Then breaking down all of the fences he laid his grounds open to man and beast, and soon all his vines were bare. So the silly fellow learned when it was too late he ought not to expect grapes from brambles and that it was quite as important to shield his vineyards with hedges as to own it.