The grapes are sour. You disparage it because it is beyond your
reach. The allusion is to the well-known fable of the fox, which tried
in vain to get at some grapes, but when he found they were beyond his
reach went away saying, “I see they are sour.”
What has been translated “wild grapes” (Isaiah v. 2-4) the Arabs
call “wolf-grapes.” It is the fruit of the deadly nightshade, which is
black and shining. This plant is very common in the vineyards of
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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