Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


A vineyard is beautifully laden with ripe clusters, which a little boy is watching as he sits at the hedgerows; and around him two foxes; one is roaming up and down the rows, spoiling the ripe grapes.
Banks’s Theocritus.—Idyll I. Page 3.

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.
Canticles, Chap. II. Verse 15; quoted by Mr. Banks.