Author: Jean de La Fontaine
Release Date: March, 2004 [EBook #5281] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on June 14, 2002]
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J. De La Fontaine
The Little Dog
I recollect, that lately much I blamed,
The sort of lover, avaricious named;
And if in opposites we reason see,
The liberal in paradise should be.
The rule is just and, with the warmest zeal,
To prove the fact I to the Church appeal.
InFlorence once there dwelled a gentle youth,
Who loved a certain beauteous belle with truth;
O’er all his actions she had full controul;—
To please he would have sold his very soul.
If she amusements wished, he’d lavish gold,
Convinced in love or war you should be bold;
The cash ne’er spare:—invincible its pow’rs,
O’erturning walls or doors where’er it show’rs.
The precious ore can every thing o’ercome;
’Twill silence barking curs: make servants dumb;
And these can render eloquent at will:—
Excel e’en Tully in persuasive skill;
In short he’d leave no quarter unsubdued,
Unless therein the fair he could include.
Shestood th’ attack howe’er, and Frederick
His force was vain whenever he assailed;
Without the least return his wealth he spent:
Lands, houses, manors of immense extent,
Were ev’ry now and then to auction brought;
To gratify his love was all he thought.
Therank of ’squire till lately he had claimed;
Now scarcely was he even mister named;
Of wealth by Cupid’s stratagems bereft,
A single farm was all the man had left;
Friends very few, and such as God alone,
Could tell if friendship they might not disown;
The best were led their pity to express;