The Ant

O noble ant, halt a while
while I pay
homage to you.

Your power lies
in the possession
of all the virtues,
your wisdom is that of

With each grain you bear,
your endless work
with maximum

You attack the loads
of sundry ruins,
you tear down
fort and mountain.

Working together
as long as the light lasts
each move you make with your comrades
leads to the massive mound you build.

What you plan
and initiate,
you push yourself to do
to the limit of your power.

How enduring your bond
with others!
You’ll fight
against foes
until you are crushed.

to other insects
you, O offspring of toil,
will be studied,
by the people of the world.

If men
would only learn from you,
this world
would be remade.