Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

[Boileau] (1 November 1636 – 13 March 1711 / Paris, France)

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux Poems

1. The Art of Poetry [excerpt] 6/5/2015
2. Argument 10/17/2012
3. Canto Iv The Argument 10/17/2012
4. Canto I Argument 10/17/2012
5. Il Est Certains Esprits... 10/17/2012
6. The Argument 10/17/2012

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The Argument

An Owl instructed by the Night,
Cunningly counterfeits A Sprite :
In Pulpit close she lies Perdue,
And terrifies the Prelates Crew!
They Routed fly with heavy Clatter,
The Canto tells you, what's the matter ;
But Discord to Retrieve the sport
Rallies them soon in Warlike sort :
All Oppositions overpast,
They set the Pulpit up at last :
But fear not lest the Prelate Preacht in't ;
Alas he has a further reach in't !
To spight his Foes, yet for all's Feating,
The proof of th' Pudding's seen i'th' eating.

But Night in hast with her Dark ...

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