The Sow, with belly full of glands,
started to dig the soil under the Oak endamaging the roots;
to forget that the glands are given by the Oak is the same
as to neglect the basic knowledge wishing to profit from
and destroy the roots.
The fable "The Sow
Under the Oak" by Ivan Krylov was translated in English by
Sir Bernard Pares (1867-1949), Professor of Russian at
University of London
The interested reader is invited to consult the edition:
Krylov, Ivan. (1977). Krylov's Fables, tr. with a preface by
Sir Bernard Pares.
Westport, CT: Hyperion Press.