The Raven and the Fox
The Fables of La Fontaine, trans. Elizur Wright, Jr. (London: William Smith, 1842): 1. Internet Archive
1 Perch'd on a lofty oak,
2 Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;
3 Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
4 Thus to the holder spoke:--
5 Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?
6 Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!
7 So black and glossy, on my word, sir,
8With voice to match, you were a bird, sir,
9Well fit to be the Phœnix of these days.
10 Sir Raven, overset with praise,
11 Must show how musical his croak.
12 Down fell the luncheon from the oak;
13 Which snatching up, Sir Fox thus spoke:--
14 The flatterer, my good sir,
15 Aye liveth on his listener;
16 Which lesson, if you please,
17 Is doubtless worth the cheese.
18 A bit too late, Sir Raven swore
19The rogue should never cheat him more.
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