Vulgar words in Fables of La Fontaine — a New Edition, with Notes (Page 1)
This book at a glance
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As well attempt to drain the sea!-- Your chart and compass let them be; All other books put under ban; Burn ARNAULD and his rigid clan-- They're blockheads if we but compare;-- It is no joke,--I tell you, man, A velvet road hath ESCOBAR.
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This ass is, by interpretation, Some province poor, or prostrate nation.
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 A man, whom I shall call an ass-eteer, His sceptre like some Roman emperor bearing, Drove on two coursers of protracted ear, The one, with sponges laden, briskly faring; The other lifting legs As if he trod on eggs, With constant need of goading, And bags of salt for loading.
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All three drank deeply: asseteer and ass For boon companions of their load might pass; Which last became so sore a weight, The ass fell down, Belike to drown, His rider risking equal fate.
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 To an astrologer who fell Plump to the bottom of a well, 'Poor blockhead!' cried a passer-by, 'Not see your feet, and read the sky?'
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This time, the king, t' insure success, Took for his aide-de-camp an ass, A creature of stentorian voice, That felt much honour'd by the choice.
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Cried out the much-elated ass.
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If he had dared, the donkey Had shown himself right spunky At this retort, though justly made; For who could suffer boasts to pass So ill-befitting to an ass?
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The people, who had thought a slave an ass, Much wonder'd how it came to pass That one alone should have more sense Than all their men of most pretence.
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The most an ass is not the one that rides!"
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ass!" our man replied; "we're asses three!
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I do avow myself an ass to be; But since my sage advisers can't agree, Their words henceforth shall not be heeded; I'll suit myself."
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The king was really a log, Whose gravity inspired with awe The first that, from his hiding-place Forth venturing, astonish'd, saw The royal blockhead's face.
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Their Maker chooses but a few With power of pleasing to imbue; Where wisely leave it we, the mass, Unlike a certain fabled ass, That thought to gain his master's blessing By jumping on him and caressing.
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The mule and ass, to bear the treasure, Their service tender'd, full of pleasure; And then the caravan was none the worse, Assisted by the camel and the horse.
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When, in the far-off past, The fare of gentlemen was mast, And even hats were never felt, Horse, ass, and mule in forests dwelt.
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 An ass, with relics for his load, Supposed the worship on the road Meant for himself alone, And took on lofty airs, Receiving as his own The incense and the prayers.
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'Dismiss,' said one, 'the blockhead asses, And hares, too cowardly and fleet.'
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Sir Bear, sad blockhead, was deceived-- The prostrate man a corpse believed; But, half suspecting some deceit, He feels and snuffs from head to feet, And in the nostrils blows.
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 Clad in a lion's shaggy hide, An ass spread terror far and wide, And, though himself a coward brute, Put all the world to scampering rout: But, by a piece of evil luck, A portion of an ear outstuck, Which soon reveal'd the error Of all the panic-terror.
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 A gardener's ass complain'd to Destiny Of being made to rise before the dawn.
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Anon it came to pass He was a collier's ass.
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'If on this jackass I must wait, What will become of kings and nations?
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There jogg'd in company an ass and horse; Nought but his harness did the last endorse; The other bore a load that crush'd him down, And begg'd the horse a little help to give, Or otherwise he could not reach the town.
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'Ay, sirs, a dunce, a country clown, The greatest blockhead of your town,-- Nay more, an animal, an ass,-- The stupidest that nibbles grass,-- Needs only through my course to pass, And he shall wear the gown With credit, honour, and renown.'
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Ten years must roll, and then the learned ass Should his examination pass, According to the rules Adopted in the schools; If not, his teacher was to tread the air, With halter'd neck, above the public square,-- His rhetoric bound on his back, And on his head the ears of jack.
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 _Steed of the Arcadian breed_.--An ass, as in Fable XVII, Book VIII.
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A flea some blockhead's shoulder bit, And then his clothes refused to quit.
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He would not be too delicate, Nor spoil a dinner for a plate, Which, but for that, his favourite dish, Were all that any ass could wish.
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Outcried the bird of chase, As in the weeds he eyed the skulker's face, 'Why, what a stupid, blockhead race!-- Such witless, brainless fools Might well defy the schools.
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But let them snuff the smoke of battle, Or even hear the ramrods rattle, Adieu to all their spunk and mettle: Your own example will be vain, And exhortations, to retain The timid cattle.
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Hear how Descartes--Descartes, whom all applaud, Whom pagans would have made a god, Who holds, in fact, the middle place 'Twixt ours and the celestial race, About as does the plodding ass From man to oyster as you pass-- Hear how this author states the case 'Of all the tribes to being brought By our Creator out of nought, I only have the gift of thought.'
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For a sheep with the rot, Or scabby, mangy ass, Or some snarling cur, With less meat than fur, On which I've broken fast!
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To love, such age is little prone; Yet this celestial boy Made love his chief employ, And was beloved wherever known.
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Meanwhile, all other kinds and tribes As fools and blockheads it describes, With other compliments as cheap.
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With wit unseemly and profane, He mocks our venerable race-- On each of his who lacketh brain Bestows our ancient surname, ass!
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"My lord," the other ass replied, "Such talents in yourself reside, Of asses all, the joy and pride."
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Ass and Dog.
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Ass and his Masters.
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Ass and Horse.
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Ass and Lion, hunting.
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Ass and Little Dog.
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Ass and Old Man.
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Ass and Thieves.
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Ass bearing Relics.
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Ass, Dead, and Two Dogs.
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Ass in Lion's Skin.
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Ass loaded with Sponges, and the Ass loaded with Salt.
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Ass, Miller, and Son.
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Dog and Ass.
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Dog, Little, and Ass.
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Horse and Ass.
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Lion and Ass hunting.
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Miller, Son, and Ass.
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Old Man and Ass.
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Thieves and Ass.