Jean De La Fontaine
Jean De La Fontaine Poems
- The Country Justice TWO lawyers to their cause so well ...
- The Avaricious Wife And Tricki...
- Alice Sick SICK, Alice grown, and fearing dire event, Some ...
- Belphegor Addressed To Miss De...
- St. Julian's Prayer TO charms and philters, secret spells and...
- King Candaules And The Doctor ... IN life oft ills from ...
- Joconde IN Lombardy's fair land, in days of yore, Once dwelt...
Jean de La Fontaine was born in Chateau-Thierry, Champagne, in central France, the son of a government official. He went to Paris to study medicine and theology, but was drawn to the whirls of social life.
La Fontaine qualified as a lawyer but he returned home in 1647 and assisted his father, a superintendent of forests. He held a number of government posts, but they did not pay much money. In 1647 he married Marie Héricart, an heiress, but the marriage was unhappy and they separated in 1658.
La Fontaine had decided to become a famous writer. In 1658 he left his family and moved to Paris, where he lived his most productive years, devoting himself to writing. ... more »
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The Country Justice
TWO lawyers to their cause so well adhered,
A country justice quite confused appeared,
By them the facts were rendered so obscure
With which the truth remained he was not sure.
At length, completely tired, two straws he sought
Of diff'rent lengths, and to the parties brought.
These in his hand he held:--the plaintiff drew
(So fate decreed) the shortest of the two.
On this the other homeward took his way,
To boast how nicely he had gained the day.
THE bench complained: the magistrate replied
Don't blame I pray--'tis nothing new I've tried;
Courts often ...