The Raven And The Fox – Jean De La Fontaine Fables

Mr. Crow was perched upon a limb,
And Reynard the Fox looked up at him;
For the Crow held in his great big beak
A morsel the Fox would go far to seek.

You are a handsome bird.
Said the Fox, in admiring tones: “My word!
Sir Raven, you are a handsome bird.
Such feathers! If you would only sing,
The birds of these woods would call you King.”

The Raven stands on a tree, while the fox looks up at him

The Raven, who did not see the joke,
Forgot that his voice was just a croak.
He opened his beak, in his foolish pride–
And down fell the morsel the Fox had spied.

The fox runs away with the morsel
“Ha-ha!” said the Fox. “And now you see
You should not listen to flattery.
Vanity, Sir is a horrid vice–
I’m sure the lesson is worth the price.”

Jean De La Fontaine Fables 29
Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks / Adapted from the French of La Fontaine.
Written by, W. T. Larned / Illustrated by, John Rae. / New York, July 1918.

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