Jean De La Fontaine

(1621 - 1695 / Champagne / France)

Jean De La Fontaine Poems

1. The Contract 1/1/2004
2. The Convent Gardener Of Lamporechio 1/1/2004
3. Nicaise 1/1/2004
4. The Clyster 1/1/2004
5. The Muleteer 1/1/2004
6. The Nightingale 1/1/2004
7. The Spectacles 1/1/2004
8. The Dress-Maker 1/1/2004
9. The Hermit 1/1/2004
10. The Three Gossips' Wager 1/1/2004
11. The Quid Pro Quo; Or The Mistakes 1/1/2004
12. The Country Justice 1/1/2004
13. Another Imitation Of Anacreon 1/1/2004
14. The Pack-Saddle 1/1/2004
15. The Old Man's Calendar 1/1/2004
16. The Little Bell 1/1/2004
17. Alice Sick 1/1/2004
18. The Cradle 1/1/2004
19. The Gascon 1/1/2004
20. The Gascon Punished 1/1/2004
21. The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba 1/1/2004
22. The Progress Of Wit 1/1/2004
23. The Psalter 1/1/2004
24. The River Scamander 1/1/2004
25. The Servant Girl Justified 1/1/2004
26. The Sick Abbess 1/1/2004
27. The Countryman Who Sought His Calf 1/1/2004
28. The Two Friends 1/1/2004
29. To Promise Is One Thing To Keep It, Another 1/1/2004
30. The Picture 1/1/2004
31. The Pitcher 1/1/2004
32. The Magnificent 1/1/2004
33. Neighbour Peter's Mare 1/1/2004
34. A Confidant Without Knowing It; Or The Stratagem 1/1/2004
35. Epitaph Of La Fontaine Made By Himself 1/1/2004
36. The Bucking-Tub 1/1/2004
37. The Case Of Conscience 1/1/2004
38. The Kiss Returned 1/1/2004
39. The Ear-Maker And The Mould-Mender 1/1/2004
40. The Eel Pie 1/1/2004

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Best Poem of Jean De La Fontaine

The Dog

THE key, which opes the chest of hoarded gold.
Unlocks the heart that favours would withhold.
To this the god of love has oft recourse,
When arrows fail to reach the secret source,
And I'll maintain he's right, for, 'mong mankind,
Nice presents ev'ry where we pleasing find;
Kings, princes, potentates, receive the same,
And when a lady thinks she's not to blame,
To do what custom tolerates around;
When Venus' acts are only Themis' found,
I'll nothing 'gainst her say; more faults than one,
Besides the present, have their course begun.

A MANTUAN judge ...

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The Clyster

IF truth give pleasure, surely we should try;
To found our tales on what we can rely;
Th' experiment repeatedly I've made,
And seen how much realities persuade:
They draw attention: confidence awake;
Fictitious names however we should take,
And then the rest detail without disguise:
'Tis thus I mean to manage my supplies.

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