by Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)
Translation © by Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
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 tombe 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.

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See also Le renard et le corbeau.


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  • ENG English (David Jonathan Justman) , "The Raven and the Fox", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 126

The fox and the crow
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
On his airy perch among the branches
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  • Also set in French (Français), adapted by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] ; composed by Melchior Alexandre Bruneau.

This text was added to the website: 2014-08-22
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Word count: 133