The Raven Who Would Rival The Eagle – Jean De La Fontaine Fables

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An Eagle swooped from out the sky,

And carried off a sheep.

A Raven seeing him, said:

“I  Could do that too if…

Of all that well-fed flock was one
As fat as fat could be.
The Raven rose, and lit upon
Her back. She seemed to weigh a ton–
So very fat was she.

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And, oh! Her wool was wondrous thick:
It would have made a mat.
The Raven’s claws are caught, and stick!
He’s played himself a pretty trick–
To fly with one so fat.

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The Raven’s claws are caught, and stick.
“Ba, ba!” “Caw, caw!” cry bird and beast.
The shepherd comes at last:
Sir Raven who would find a feast
Is from the woolly one released,
And in a cage kept fast.

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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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