Jean De La Fontaine
Jean De La Fontaine Poems
|42.||The Jealous Husband||1/1/2004|
|44.||Epitaph Of La Fontaine Made By Himself||1/1/2004|
|45.||Neighbour Peter's Mare||1/1/2004|
|46.||The Cudgelled And Contented Cuckold||1/1/2004|
|47.||The Devil Of Pope-Fig Island||1/1/2004|
|49.||The Case Of Conscience||1/1/2004|
|50.||The Countryman Who Sought His Calf||1/1/2004|
|52.||Another Imitation Of Anacreon||1/1/2004|
|54.||A Confidant Without Knowing It; Or The Stratagem||1/1/2004|
|56.||An Imitation Of Anacreon||1/1/2004|
|57.||Friar Philip's Geese||1/1/2004|
|58.||The Amorous Courtesan||1/1/2004|
|61.||King Candaules And The Doctor Of Laws||1/1/2004|
|62.||Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay||1/1/2004|
|63.||St. Julian's Prayer||1/1/2004|
|64.||The Avaricious Wife And Tricking Gallant||1/1/2004|
|66.||The Country Justice||1/1/2004|
Comments about Jean De La Fontaine
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 ...
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.