Jean De La Fontaine

(1621 - 1695 / Champagne / France)

Jean De La Fontaine Poems

41. The Falcon 1/1/2004
42. Friar Philip's Geese 1/1/2004
43. An Imitation Of Anacreon 1/1/2004
44. The Avaricious Wife And Tricking Gallant 1/1/2004
45. The Monks Of Catalonia 1/1/2004
46. The Rhemese 1/1/2004
47. The Impossible Thing 1/1/2004
48. The Indiscreet Confessions 1/1/2004
49. The Glutton 1/1/2004
50. Sister Jane 1/1/2004
51. The Cobbler 1/1/2004
52. The Husband-Confessor 1/1/2004
53. The Devil In Hell 1/1/2004
54. The Amorous Courtesan 1/1/2004
55. Richard Minutolo 1/1/2004
56. The Mandrake 1/1/2004
57. The Jealous Husband 1/1/2004
58. The Truckers 1/1/2004
59. King Candaules And The Doctor Of Laws 1/1/2004
60. St. Julian's Prayer 1/1/2004
61. The Magic Cup 1/1/2004
62. Joconde 1/1/2004
63. Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay 1/1/2004
64. The Devil Of Pope-Fig Island 1/1/2004
65. The Cudgelled And Contented Cuckold 1/1/2004
66. The Dog 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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