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THE SWAN AND COOK from Jean de la Fontaine
A certain yard a swan and gosling shared,
And on the common bounty fared !
The one was reared to please the master's sight,
The other but to feed his appetite.
Each of his place was fondly vain,
Or in the house or garden to remain.
They made the palace-moat their sporting place.
Oft they in sports aquatic vied,
Or swimming side by side,
Or plunging down, or sailing in a race,
In rivalry which ne'er was satisfied.
One more the cook had drunk a glass too much,
And swan for gosling seized with fatal clutch,
To put him in the pot : his death was near,
The swan’s plaint sounded in his ear.
The cook himself began to quake,
When he perceived his sad mistake
“ What ! could I soup of such a singer make !
Forbid it, Heaven, my hand should touch the throat
That gives us such a charming note ! ”

Thus, in the dangers that around us swarm,
Soft words will never do us harm


Copyright Didi MASSOUD april 2015

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