October 26, 2010

The Fox and the Crow

I remember having to memorize this Fable in french growing up . I love Aesops Fables

The Crow and the Fox

Master Crow sat on a tree,
Holding a cheese in his beak.
Master Fox was attracted by the odour,
And tried to attract him thus.
"Mister Crow, good day to you.
You are a handsome and good looking bird!
In truth, if your song is as beautiful as your plumage,
You are the Phoenix of this forest."
Hearing these words the Crow felt great joy,
And to demonstrate his beautiful voice,
He opened his mouth wide and let drop his prey.
The Fox seized it and said: "My good Sir,
Know that every flatterer,
Lives at the expense of those who take him seriously:
This is a lesson that is worth a cheese no doubt."

The Crow, embarrassed and confused,
Swore, though somewhat later, that he would never be
tricked thus again.

==========French Version======================================

Le Corbeau et le Renard

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
Tenait en son bec un fromage.
Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché,
Lui tint à peu près ce langage :
"Hé ! bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.
Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
Sans mentir, si votre ramage
Se rapporte à votre plumage,
Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois. "
A ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;
Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.
Le Renard s'en saisit, et dit : "Mon bon Monsieur,
Apprenez que tout flatteur
Vit aux dépens de celui qui l'écoute :
Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute. "
Le Corbeau, honteux et confus,
Jura, mais un peu tard, qu'on ne l'y prendrait plus.

moral of the story: "Do not trust flatterers."

1 comment :

  1. Dear Jackie,
    Thanks for coming back! And thanks for posting this fable of LaFontaine! In both English and French! My French is not very good, but I know enough to be able read the fables!
    I did think of the fables with foxes. I was glad that I could write about Rita Mae Browns's book because I had already read it, even though it was a year ago or so that I did. Thank goodness the letters of the alphabet return. I try to plan ahead and get the photos ready if I have an idea for a post. I try.
    I don't know how long I will be able to participate in memes. If I get a job (which is what I need right now) I may not have time. It is going to be a tough time the next coming months.

    Hope you are well and happy.
    Best wishes,


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