The selfsame patient put to test
Two doctors, Fear-the-worst and Hope-the-best.
The latter hoped; the former did maintain
The man would take all medicine in vain.
XX Tag: Jean de La Fontaine Fables
On a sandy, uphill road,
Which naked in the sunshine glowed,
Six lusty horses drew a coach.
Dames, monks, and invalids, its load,
On foot, outside, at leisure trode.
The team, all weary, stopped and blowed:
Whereon there did a fly approach,
And, with a vastly business air.
The sorest ill that Heaven has
Sent on this lower world in wrath,—
The plague (to call it by its name,)
One single day of which
Would Pluto’s ferryman enrich,—
Waged war on beasts, both wild and tame.
You lust of gain,—foul fiend, whose evil eyes
Regard as nothing the blessings of the skies,
Must I for ever battle you in vain?
How long demandest you to gain
The meaning of my lessons plain?
Lapluck and Caesar brothers were, descended
From dogs by Fame the most commended,
Who falling, in their puppyhood,
To different masters anciently,
One dwelt and hunted in the boundless wood;
From thieves the other kept a kitchen free.
You often hear a sweet seductive call:
If wise, you haste towards it not at all;—
And, if you heed my apologue,
You act like John de Nivelle’s dog.
A capon, citizen of Mans,
Was summoned from a throng
To answer to the village squire,
Said Jupiter, one day,
As on a cloud he lay,
“Observing all our crimes,
Come, let us change the times,
By leasing out anew
A world whose wicked crew
Between two citizens
A controversy grew.
The one was poor, but much he knew:
The other, rich, with little sense,
Claimed that, in point of excellence,
The merely wise should bow the knee
To all such moneyed men as he.
A trading Greek, for want of law,
Protection bought of a pashaw;
And like a nobleman he paid,
Much rather than a man of trade—
Protection being, Turkish-wise,
A costly sort of merchandise.
Two friends, in Monomotapa,
Had all their interests combined.
Their friendship, faithful and refined,
Our country can’t exceed, do what it may.
One night, when potent Sleep had laid